Name of the brother of President Pratibha Patil figures in the case

Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday agreed to produce original records of phone calls made or received by the accused and the alleged masterminds in the Vishram Patil murder case, in which the name of President Pratibha Patil’s brother figured.

Vishram’s widow, Rajni Patil, has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking to make President Pratibha Patil’s brother G. N. Patil along with his associate Ulhas Patil an accused in the case.

‘Political connections’

She alleged that they are being shielded because of their political connections.

The CBI has filed charge-sheets against four persons, but not against G. N. Patil and Ulhas Patil. On Tuesday, Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for the CBI, stated that no calls were ever made to prime accused Raju Mali from G. N. Patil’s or Ulhas Patil’s phones. Rajni’s lawyer, Mahesh Jethmalani, had alleged that there were telephonic conversations among Mali, G. N. Patil and Ulhas Patil prior to Vishram’s murder in September 2005.

When Mr. Jethmalani said that the CBI had never given him access to original phone records, Mr. Subramaniam said that he would produce them on Wednesday.

Mr. Jethmalani during his arguments alleged that even the former Maharashtra Director-General of Police, P. S. Pasricha, had admitted that a “lot of politics was going on in the case”. -- PTI