Nitin Gadkari in trouble again; Yogita death case to be reinvestigated
Mumbai/Nagpur: Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari may find himself in trouble as a Nagpur court on Thursday rejected the CID closure report in the case pertaining to the death of 7-year-old Yogita Thackeray. The body of Yogita was found in a car at the residence of former BJP president in 2009. The magistrate observed that CID had not followed the guidelines framed by the High Court in this regard.
Ordering fresh investigations into the case, Magistrate Neelima Patil directed that the girl's father Ashok Dadarao Thakre and other witnesses be examined by CID as witnesses again. The closure report as submitted by CID had termed the mysterious death of the girl as an accident. The same court had rejected the earlier closure report of CID on December 21, 2011.
According to police version, Yogita's body was found in the car when it was opened by policemen deployed outside Gadkari's residence in Mahal in Nagpur. The police believe the girl, daughter of a maidservant employed in a neighbouring household, had entered the car and was suffocated to death.
However, the victim’s family were not convinced. They alleged that the girl's murder was being covered due to political pressure. The family also alleged that Nitin Gadkari and other politicians have been exerting pressure to weaken the case. Gadkari was not at home at the time of the incident.
The police had claimed the girl died due to lack of oxygen in the car. However, the parents of the girl demanded a CBI probe claiming that the post mortem report indicated the girl had sustained injuries and that someone had 'smothered' her to death.
The father of 7-year old girl has now filed an application saying car driver Manohar Panse, Nitin Gadkari and his wife Kanchan, Dr Paranjpe (who first examined Yogita), Dr PG Dixit, Head of Forensic Medicine at government medical college, inspector Ramchand Katole of Kotwali police station and others be investigated under Sec 201 of IPC for "destruction of evidence".
Meanwhile, CPI district secretary Jammu Anand today reiterated the demand of a CBI probe in the case. Anand, member of AITUC-affiliated Domestic Workers Organisation, an intervener in the case, said when the court rejected CID's previous closure report, it had asked the girl's family to file their say.
Anand also alleged that Panse was later made a director of seven companies run by Gadkari.