Three-day judicial custody for ZP’s Dy CEO Nimbalkar in graft case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2018 09:44:10


Staff Reporter,

ARUN Sakharam Nimbalkar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Panchayat) of Zilla Parishad (ZP) Nagpur, arrested on corruption charges by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers, was sent to Central Jail after Special Judge Ms V P Ingle on Monday remanded him to judicial custody till May 17.

Soon after Nimbalkar was remanded to judicial custody, he moved a bail application through his lawyer. His bail plea would come up for hearing after prosecution files its reply on Tuesday.

Nimbalkar would be placed under suspension as he was in police custody for more than 48 hours. Dr Kadambari Balkawde, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Nagpur, recommended Nimbalkar’s suspension. His file was sent to Rural Development Department. Nimbalkar’s suspension orders would be issued shortly.

On Friday, ACB officers had caught Nimbalkar (57) red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 50,000 from Yogita Gaidhane, a woman Gram Sevak of Gram Panchayat Chichala, taluka Bhiwapur, for sending a favourable report of an inquiry instituted against her to his superiors. While Gaidhane was holding additional charge of Group Gram Panchayat Nand from August 2016 to June 2017, several complaints of large scale corruption in material procurement and other project works executed from the grants sanctioned under 14th Finance Commission were received against her. Block Development Officer (BDO), Panchayat Samiti, Bhiwapur had conducted an inquiry against her. The BDO had then sent the inquiry report to Nimbalkar for necessary action. Nimbalkar had demanded Rs One lakh from her for sending a favourable report to his superiors to close the file but landed in ACB net when he accepted Rs 50,000 as first installment from her.

An offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was registered against Nimbalkar and the latter was arrested by Bureau officers. Special Judge (Anti-Corruption) Ms Ingle had remanded Nimbalkar to police custody till May 14.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB Bhandara) Dinkar Sawarkar, Investigation Officer (IO) in the case, produced Nimbalkar before the Special Court as his PCR ended on Monday. After the court remanded accused Nimbalkar to judicial custody, his lawyer Adv M B Naidu moved bail application.

District Government Pleader Adv Nitin Telgote sought time for filing say on Nimbalkar’s bail plea. The court then remanded accused Nimbalkar to three-day judicial custody.
Meanwhile, bureau officers would record the statement Upasrao Bhute, ZP member from Mandhal as his named surfaced during the probe.

Bureau officers sent accused’s voice samples for analysis to confirm the telephonic conversation that reportedly took place between Gaidhane and Nimbalkar prior to laying the trap. One of the conversations with Nimbalkar, Gaidhane said that she had given Rs 50,000 to Bhute. On this, Nimbalkar had said that he received Rs 25,000 from Bhute.
The investigators would also record the statement of Nimbalkar’s son Akshya who allegedly had escaped from his Hanuman Nagar residence with some cash, gold ornaments, and property related documents after he came to know that his father was arrested by bureau officers. The wealth amassed by Nimbalkar, including moveable and immovable assets of members of his family, was being assessed by bureau officers.