Mumbai: Maharashtra's ATS chief Rakesh Maria and six senior IPS
officers will face a CBI probe for allegedly shielding a fellow police
official, who was accused of clearing his law exam, without appearing for
practical exam, the Bombay High Court ordered on Monday.
The high court directed the CBI to probe the allegation made by a
petitioner against the police officers and submit its report within three
According to Chitra Salunkhe, former vice principal of Siddharth Law
College, KL Bishnoi, a 1985 batch IPS officer, cleared his final year LLB
examination, with the help of the then acting principal IA Inamdar,
without actually appearing for the practical examination held on March 12,
Salunkhe had lodged complaints against the duo and acting on her
complaint, the seven IPS officers had conducted an inquiry.
Apart from Maria, the officers, who now face CBI probe, are Additional
Director Generals of Police Pankaj Gupta and Mohan Rathod, Additional
Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena and three Deputy Commissioners of
Police - Naval Bajaj, Brijesh Singh and Vishwas Nangre-Patil.
Salunkhe had approached the high court alleging that all the seven IPS
officers had submitted false reports to their superiors in order to shield
The petitioner said she had lodged a complaint on February 10, 2010 with
DGP Maharashtra seeking action against the IPS officers but no action has
been taken on it for two years.
She alleged the inaction was only because all of them are senior IPS
officers, and, therefore, she demanded a CBI probe.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and PD Kode ordered a CBI probe
into the case and said, "In our view, it is the duty of a police officer
to look into allegations and promptly conduct an inquiry and not to sit on
complaints and delay proceedings."
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