A woman, who had earlier accused Hiranandani Developers co-founder and managing director Niranjan Hiranandani of abetting forceful eviction of slum-dwellers in Powai, on Thursday filed an application in the Bombay High Court, alleging that she was threatened and rudely dealt with by Assistant Commissioner of Police Praful Bhosale when she went to register a complaint against the ‘goons’ who had allegedly threatened her.
Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode were told by the woman’s lawyer, Gunratan Sadavarte, that the alleged incident took place on August 29. The woman, in her application, said she had gone to lodge a complaint against a threat by the alleged ‘goons’. Her application claimed that Bhosale “threatened, shouted, tried to discriminate on caste and talked in rude language” when she persuaded him to arrest the alleged goons. The application also stated that “he angrily stood up and rushed to the body of the petitioner.”
The 28-year-old woman, therefore, sought a court direction to the Mumbai commissioner of police to initiate action against Bhosale.
The high court asked the public prosecutor to file a reply and posted the hearing after two weeks.
While dismissing the allegations, Bhosale said, “I am aware of the application filed by the woman but nothing of that sort happened.
She came to my office on August 29 to complain against those threatening her. However, since she had been given police protection I asked her why she did not bring it to the notice of the police personnel, to which she had no answer. My meeting with her on August 29 took place in the presence of several police personnel.”
In her complaint of June 17, the woman had alleged that Sanjay Sansare, a local goon, had been threatening residents of Jai Bhim Nagar in Powai, allegedly at the behest of Hiranandani, to vacate their premises in the slum.
On June 24, the court had observed that the allegations made by the woman were of “very serious nature,” and ordered the police to register an FIR within 24 hours. The crime branch registered an FIR naming eight accused, including Hiranandani.
In his affidavit, Hiranandani had claimed that the woman had made “patently scurrilous, exaggerated and unfounded allegations” to frame him and others.