MUMBAI, Apr 10 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will question Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane, in connection with the charge of attempt to murder made by Chintu Shaikh, a former member of Nitesh’s NGO ‘Swabhiman Sanghatna’.
The CBI on Thursday registered an FIR against Nitesh and his aides Zahid Sheikh and Nitin Vardanarayan for the attack on Chintu Shaikh. The Bombay high court had asked CBI to investigate the case. A CBI official said the agency would question Nitesh, his aides and others who could help the investigation. “We just started the probe,” the official said.
Shaikh had alleged that Nitesh shot at him at an NGO’s office at Khar on September 23 last year. Shaikh’s complaint with Powai police said Nitesh fired twice and one of the bullets grazed his cheek and injured him.
Last October, Shaikh filed a petition in the high court for a CBI probe, alleging that Narayan Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who joined Congress, was interfering in the investigation. The government later asked the crime branch to probe the case and directed it to submit a video recording of the spot, panchnama and records of the case. The crime branch said there was no statement from any of the witnesses implicating Nitesh.
The HC had asked the central probe agency to investigate, saying, “There are inexplicable circumstances borne out from the record which create doubt about the manner in which the investigation has taken off soon after the incident. It has become necessary to provide credibility and instill confidence in the investigation of this case, which involves the son of a sitting Cabinet minister of the state and brother of an MP.”