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A two-yearold murder case has come back to haunt UPA-Left can didate Pratibha Patil.
The Bombay High Court today expressed concern over the manner in which the CBI has investigated the September 2005 murder of Jalgaon District Congress Committee president Vishram Patil and pulled up the agency for not probing allegations made by Patil's wife Rajni that he was killed at the behest of two political rivals, including G N Patil, brother of Pratibha Patil.
"If this is the kind of investigation you have conducted, then we are concerned, indeed we are constrained to say that the country's premier investigating agency is being corroded," observed a Division Bench of Justice R M S Khandeparkar and Justice V K Tahilramani directing the CBI's investigation officer to be in court at the next hearing on July 30.
The court asked Additional Solicitor General B A Desai why there has been no investigation regarding the alleged link between the two killers and the politicians. "What prevented the CBI from investigating that aspect?" the court asked.
Desai argued that the agency had examined 46 witnesses and that the Investigating Officer, who would explain, was in Ahmedabad for his daughter's wedding.
It was on February 23 this year that the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court had transferred the case to the CBI saying that given the issues involved and the alleged complicity of influential political leaders, it was a fit case for the agency.
The petitioner alleged that Vishram Patil, who defeated G N Patil in the election for the post of district Congress committee president, had also complained to senior party leaders about the duo allegedly misappropriating funds collected for felicitating Pratibha Patil when she became Governor of Rajasthan.
Appearing for petitioner Rajni Patil, senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani claimed that he had two CDs which showed the link between the alleged contract killers and G N Patil and former Congress MP Ulhas Patil. It is the petitioner's case that both were alleged conspirators in the murder of her husband.
The court directed the petitioner to produce the CDs at the next hearing.