Saturday, October 5, 2013

6 cops suspended for ‘fake’ probe



Mateen Hafeez 

Mumbai: Police commissioner Satya Pal Singh on Friday suspended six policemen, including senior inspector Avinash Sonawane of the Mahim police station. The six cops were facing departmental enquiry (DE) in a suspected fake detection of diamond theft case. The “detection” had taken place last year, when Sonawane was posted as senior inspector of the L T Marg police station.
 Besides Sonawane, inspector Sarmalkar, sub-inspector Bharmi and three constables have been suspended. In April, home minister RR Patil had announced an inquiry against Sonawane after leader of Opposition in the legislative council Vinod Tawade had alleged that he was extorting money from builders. Sonwane has also been accused of accepting a gold chain from a college professor for some “favours”. After Patil ordered the probe, Sonawane was transferred to the Mahim police station. 

    On April 10, 2013, TOI had reported about several inqui
ries that Sonawane faced for improper investigations, indiscipline and favouring individual parties while probing cases. “There are allegations that while money was recovered in a case, but nothing was shown on record. A constable and the investigating officer said they did it on Sonawane’s orders,” a source said.  
Inspector held for graft; 9L gold, 30L seized
 The ACB on Friday arrested inspector Pradeep Patil of Govandi police station while allegedly accepting Rs 30,000 from a recruiting agent to not file a fresh complaint against him. The ACB also found Rs 30 lakh cash and gold worth Rs 9 lakh at Patil’s Vashi flat. They may register a disproportionate assets case. The agent, who was arrested for cheating a jobseeker, got bail last month. But Patil threatened to file a fresh FIR as another complaint was filed against him. Patil allegedly told the agent to pay him Rs 5 lakh; the amount was later reduced to Rs 2.5 lakh. The agent then approached the ACB. TNN  
3 govt officials held for graft
Mumbai: The anti-corruption bureauon Friday arrested two officials and a stenographer of the urban development department (UDD) for seeking a bribe from a Pune deputy municipal commissioner and two others. The complainant was earlier suspended following a departmental inquiry. He was, however, ordered to be reinstated. For this, he had approached the UDD. But deputy secretary Anandrao Jeevane, desk officer Udaysingh Chauhan and stenographer Subhash Ambaji demanded Rs 75,000. TNN 
The Times of India, October 5, 2013

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