CBI officials filed the chargesheet in Pawanraje Nimbalkar’s murder case in Panvel Court. In the chargesheet, eight accused are mentioned besides the main accused, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Padamsinh Patil. The CBI officials informed that they have collected 200 documents comprising of 3,000 pages as evidence and have examined the accused along with 181 witnesses. They stated that Padamsinh Patil was the brain behind the whole conspiracy. After the completion of investigation of the case, they would be placing the chargesheet for trial as per law. Chief Investigation Officer S P Rana spoke on the chargesheet filed against the arrested. According to a CBI official, Patil planned the conspiracy due to the political rivalry with Nimbalkar. Nimalkar started becoming popular since 2002 due to which the rivalry arose among the two. While Parasmal Jain, the fourth accused in the case, confessed the role of his and other accused before the magistrate, Patil is yet to confess the crime. According to the chargesheet, Patil, Mandade (second accused) and Shukla (third accused) entered into the criminal conspiracy to eliminate Nimbalkar in the year 2005. The money involved in the crime is Rs 30 lakh from which Rs 5 lakh was paid initially to Jain in installments of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh the remaining amount was paid after the job was done. Near Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Kalamboli, the accused killed Nimbalkar and his driver Samad Abdul Wahid Kazi. The accused then fled from the spot in their Indica car and threw the arms, ammunitions and other materials few metres away from the crime spot. The arrest of senior Congressman Padamsinh Patil and the filing of the chargesheet against him has come as a setback for the NCP party on the eve of elections. Many are also saying that this might even affect the position of Patil’s son Rana jagjit Singh Patil who currently is a minister of the state cabinet. With Padamsinh Patil said to be a close confidant of NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar, the latest developments in the case has left the party in low spirit and the opposition is likely to reckon this issue in the upcoming state assembly.

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