CBI for scientific tests of two suspects in V G Patil murder case

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Mumbai, Oct 8 (UNI) The CBI today informed the Bombay High Court that it has moved a Jalgaon sessions court for permission to conduct Narco Analysis tests on two alleged conduits in Prof V G Patil Murder case, in which President Pratibha Patil's brother G N Patil and former MP Ulhas Patil are suspected to be involved.

A Division Bench comprising Justices R M S Khandeparkar and V K Tahilramain was also informed by the Solicitor General Gulam Vahanvati that the CBI has recorded statement of one of the deceased accused Raju Mali's wife and moved a Jalgaon sessions court, seeking permission to conduct Narco Analysis tests on two suspected conduits - Liladhar Narkhede and Damodar Lokhande, who were earlier discharged by the Aurangabad bench of the high court.

The Solicitor General also tendered sealed progress reports of investigations into the case.

Mahesh Jethmalani, appearing for petitioner Rajani Patil, wife of the slain Professor and then Jalgaon District Congress Committee President, informed the court that the CBI has mentioned in its applications before the Jalgaon court that it has got fresh evidence against not only the conduits but also some other people, possibly G N Patil and Ulhas Patil.

''We have no complaint as of now as the central agency appears to have made some progress into the investigations'', he added.

The court adjourned till October 30, the further hearing in the matter, allowing itself to go through the confenditial report submitted today by the CBI.

Rajani Patil has moved the high court, asking it to supervise the CBI investigation into the case alleging that G N Patil, and former MP from Jalgaon Ulhas Patil, were masterminds behind her husband's murder and despite specific statements made by one of the accused, Raju Mali, who subsequently died while in judicial custody, the State CID and thereafter the CBI too, failed to arrest and question them.

Prof Patil was brutally murdered on September 11, 2005 in Jalgaon. Rajani Patil has alleged that Dr Patil, who was defeated by Prof Patil in the District Congress Committee presidential elections in April 2005, and Dr Ulhas Patil, another rival of the late Professor in the intra-Congress politics, had given a 'supari' to kill her husband.

According to her, Liladhar Narkhede and Damodhar Lokhande allegedly played role of conduits between the actual assailants - Raju Mali and Raju Sonawane and the alleged conspirators.


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