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CBI to file closure report in attempt to murder case against Nitesh Rane

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 8:35am IST | Agency: dna

The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), on Tuesday, informed the high court that it would be filing before a magistrate court the closure report in a case against Nitesh Rane, chief of Swabhiman Sanghatana, who is alleged to have opened fire at Shamim Chintu Shaikh, a member of the Sanghatana. Nitesh is the son of state industries minister Narayan Rane

The division bench of justices NH Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a petition filed by Rane seeking quashing of the FIR lodged in 2011 against him on the ground that he had arrived at a settlement with Shaikh, the complainant.

The CBI had registered an FIR against Nitesh under various sections of the IPC including 307 (attempt to murder) after the high court transferred the probe to the agency from the crime branch in March 2011, saying it needed to be deeply investigated.

However, in March 2012, CBI filed a closure report before a magistrate's court stating there was no evidence or eyewitnesses to prove the case against Rane. Shaikh challenged this report, and in August 2013, the magistrate court rejected CBI's closure report and asked the agency to re-investigate the matter.

CBI counsel Rebbeca Gonsalves informed the court on Tuesday that the agency would be filing a second closure report in a week's time.

Nitesh's counsel Mahesh Jethmalani argued that the case was a fall out of political rivalry, and that Shaikh had given an undertaking that he did not want to pursue it. The high court adjourning the matter to June 10, after issuing notice to Shaikh to file a reply to Rane's petition.

According to Shaikh's complaint filed before Powai police on September 23, 2010, Nitesh shot at him twice at Sanghatana's Khar office, and a bullet grazed his cheek, injuring him.

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