It is the Navi Mumbai’s Police Commissioner’s turn to face flak from the Bombay High Court. His apparent lack of seriousness in probing a racket to print fake ration cards during the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year has not gone down well with the court. It may be recalled that in April 2009, the shock waves went around political circles in CBD Belapur when bogus ration card racket was unearthed by Shiv Sena party workers along with the Navi Mumbai police. It was the Lok Sabha elections period and all hell broke loose at Gauri complex at Sector 11 CBD Belapur where the police along with Shiv Sena party workers raided a stationary shop and seized ration cards, white papers along with dye and other printing material. As soon as the news of this spread, Vijay Chougule along with other party workers reached Gauri complex to personally take a look at the stationary shop and the bogus ration card being printed over there. Of the persons arrested from the stationary shop, one spoke to the media. He accused his opponents of NCP doing this for bogus voting. Later a petition was filed by Shirish Gharat, a local Shiv Sena activist, who had complained to the police about the racket being run by leaders of the NCP. According to Gharat, despite being informed, the Belapur police registered an FIR only a day later, on April 24. It was while hearing the case that the court directed Commissioner Gulabrao Pol to file a personal affidavit. The High Court has said that they expect the Commissioner to consider the seriousness of the alleged racket and the material available during the course of investigation while filing the affidavit. Senior inspector of the Navi Mumbai crime branch, who investigated the case, has also been summoned by the court on December 8. The petitioner has now demanded a CBI probe into the racket. With this development, the ghost of one of the biggest elections blunders and violations has come back to haunt the Navi Mumbai Police. With bureau inputs – Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
December 1, 2015
November 10, 2008