Union Minster, Praful Patel said that the party has decided to suspend the Lok Sabha member from the Osamanabad in Maharashtra, from the primary membership and as the party leader.
Patel also said, "We are not holding him guilty. But we would like to keep a distance as Patil faces the legal process. If he proves his innocence we will have no problem in taking him back."
Replying to criticism that the party should have acted much earlier, Patel said Patil was arrested only on Sunday and there was a Parliament session on till yesterday. "We did not want to show a knee-jerk reaction towards a senior leader an MP," he added.