The Hush Post | 8:15 pm | One-minute read |
In a shocking revelation, social activist Anna Hazare today told a CBI court in Mumbai that a contract killer had been assigned to eliminate him for speaking out against the corruption in the Terna Sugar Factory in Osmanabad.
Hazare, whose real name in Kisan Baburao Hazare, was deposing as a prosecution witness in the ongoing murder trial of Congress leader Pawan Raje Nimbalkar. He told the court of Special Judge Anand Yavalkar that he learnt about his assassination conspiracy through the media and had lodged a complaint with the Parner police station in Ahmednagar.
Former Minister and NCP leader Padamsinh Patil is the prime accused in the sensational 2006 killing of his cousin Nimbalkar. Patil is linked to the Osmanabad-based sugar factory and is currently the President of the Terna Public Charitable Trust.
The social crusader alleged that he had informed the Prime Minister and the Maharashtra CM about the threat before filing a complaint. He said that Patil was a relative of NCP President Sharad Pawar and hence no action was taken.
Hazare had protested against threats and had even returned his Padma Shri and Vriksha Mitra honours. He followed it by a hunger strike after which the government appointed a commission of enquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.
One of the accused in the case had given a statement listing out details of the conspiracy to eliminate Anna Hazare.
82-year-old Anna Hazare, had exposed alleged corrupt goings-on in the Terna Sugar Factory, which allegedly had angered Patil.