Ex-BJP councillor’s death: Gujarat High Court issues notice to govt

The petition has been moved by Nilesh Patni, 35, a resident of Karelibaug, Vadodara, through lawyer Rahul Sharma, while the matter was argued by senior lawyer I H Syed.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:February 11, 2016 2:58 am

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government on a petition seeking investigation into the death of former BJP councillor, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in December last year.

The single bench of justice Sonia Gokani issued the notice to the state government. The matter will be heard on February 17.

The petition has been moved by Nilesh Patni, 35, a resident of Karelibaug, Vadodara, through lawyer Rahul Sharma, while the matter was argued by senior lawyer I H Syed.

According to the petitioner, on December 24, 2015, Prafulgiri Kanugiri Goswami was found dead under “suspicious and extraordinary circumstances” which should be probed.

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The petitioner has demanded that an FIR of murder should be registered. Claiming that the “suspects are persons enjoying great political power and are in a position to influence investigations.” Therefore, the investigation should be transferred to some agency like CBI or a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Patni has said in the petition that he is similarly placed as Goswami and apprehends threat to his life.

He had filed nomination, along with Goswami, for election of Ward no-12 (an OBC seat) in Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC). The election was held in November, 2015.

Patni has alleged that he and Goswami were “forced to withdraw from the elections due to the threats given by Bharat Dangar, the present Mayor of Vadodara City.”

Following their withdrawals, Dangar was elected uncontested.

It has been alleged in the petition that the post-mortem of Goswami was conducted in “the most suspicious manner” and it was not videographed despite a direction reportedly given by the concerned police inspector.

The post-mortem report said that Goswami died of “Cardio Respiratory Arrest due to acute ethyl alcohol poisoning in the case of coronary artery Disease.” The petition says that “ethyl alcohol is not known to cause poisoning, which is invariably caused by methyl alcohol.”

The petition says that the alcohol content in Goswami’s blood was found to be 244.74 mg% weight/volume (w/v) by the Forensic Science Laboratory. It says that the minimum alcohol content in blood should be between 400–500 mg% w/v which causes death.

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