Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane's son Nitesh Rane, who was accused of firing at Chintu Shaikh, a member of his organisation Swabhiman Sanghatana, has received an all-clear from the police, as per an affidavit filed at the Bombay High Court on Friday.
A case of attempt to murder was registered against Mr. Nitesh Rane in September, after Mr. Shaikh alleged that the former had fired at him.
On Saturday, however, Inspector Sanjay Satardekar of the Mumbai Crime Branch filed an affidavit saying that there was no evidence against Mr. Rane.
Public Prosecutor P.A. Pol told The Hindu on the phone, “The affidavit states that the police have examined around 30 witnesses, sought ballistics reports and forensic analysis. But there is not a single piece of evidence against him [Mr. Rane].”
“The story of bullet injury is false. No bullet was found. The doctors have also ruled out a bullet injury,” Mr. Pol said. The police are now trying to examine if Mr. Sheikh's injury was “self inflicted.”
Mr. Satardekar's affidavit was in response to a petition filed by Mr. Shaikh.
Hearing on the petition was adjourned for two weeks allowing time for the serving of a notice to the senior Mr. Rane, whose name has been added to the respondent's section.