Rane probe to be through in month: CBI

Mumbai: The CBI today informed the Bombay High Court that it would complete its investigation into the attempt to murder case against Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra Industries minister Narayan Rane, within four weeks and file a chargesheet.

CBI was handed over probe into the case in March 2011, after the alleged victim Chintu Shaikh filed a petition in high court, claiming that the police are trying to shield Nitesh and hence the case should be handed over to an independent agency. CBI had in April last year registered a case against Nitesh and others for attempt to murder. However, no arrests were made till date. Nitesh is accused of firing at Shaikh, a former member of his NGO Swabhimaan Sanghatana, in September 2010 at the NGO office, following a verbal feud.

The high court was also informed today by Shaikh`s lawyer that he was being threatened by Nitesh`s aides to withdraw the case and that the police is yet to take a decision on an application filed by him, seeking protection.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode directed the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Protection) to decide on Shaikh`s application within four weeks.

On a lighter note, the court suggested Shaikh to join the opposite political party to put an end to the harassment. "The only remedy is to join some political party which believes in retaliatory actions. We don`t want to name the party," Justice Kanade said. The court has disposed of Shaikh`s petition.

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