Nitesh Rane, son of state’s Industries Minister Narayan Rane, Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court seeking the quashing of an FIR against him for allegedly attempting to murder a worker in Nitesh’s NGO Swabhiman Sangathana.
Appearing for Nitesh, senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani told the court that a settlement had been arrived at by Nitesh and Shamim alias Chintu Sheikh, the complainant in the case.
Nitesh was booked under section 307 of the IPC for allegedly attempting to murder Sheikh.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the probe in the case following a High Court direction, had lodged the FIR against Rane in 2011.
Jethmalani told the court that the incident, which took place in 2010, was a fallout of political rivalry. He pointed out that in a recent judgment, the Supreme Court had held that offences such as attempt to murder too can be quashed, if the parties have resolved their differences.
Adjourning the petition for two weeks, Justices N H Patil and Anuja Prabhudesai asked the CBI to file its reply in the case.
Shaikh had filed a complaint with Powai police on September 23, 2010, alleging that Nitesh had shot at him twice at the Swabhiman Sanghatana’s office in Khar. Shaikh claimed he was injured as a bullet fired by Nitesh had grazed his cheek.
Earlier, Sheikh had alleged that Narayan Rane was interfering with the probe and sought a transfer of the investigation to the CBI, a plea that was allowed by the CBI.