Almost a week after a prostitution racket was busted at the Versova flat of MP and former Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh that was rented out to Indiabulls, the Mumbai police have decided to draw up a list and conduct surprise checks on flats in housing societies across the city that are used as guest houses or service apartments by companies or corporations.
“It was the responsibility of Indiabulls to ensure that the flat was not misused, as the contract was on their name. It was also the responsibility of the Patliputra society to keep a check on people visiting the flats,” said Mahesh Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Mumbai police spokesperson.
Patil said the police have now decided to check flats rented out to companies as guest houses and service apartments in housing societies across the city. “We will begin by contacting companies. Later, we will prepare a list of such flats, and then contact the housing societies to keep a check on them,” said Patil.
Police officers also said watchmen of housing societies will be asked to maintain a register with entries of people visiting these flats, and will also be instructed to maintain details of the caretakers of these flats.
On May 31, the social service branch of the Mumbai police raided the flat rented by Indiabulls in Patliputra Society, and rescued two girls. SSB officers said they had acted on a tip-off by an informer about a sex racket being run in the flat. A case was subsequently registered with the Versova police and the accused handed over to them for further investigation. The police have arrested the caretaker employed by Indiabulls, identified as Vakil Raju Shah, for allegedly running the prostitution racket in the company flat. MP Satyapal Singh had termed the raid ‘planted’.
The police said neither the company nor the society members were aware of the racket that had been reportedly going on in the flat for three months. The members of the society include several bureaucrats and police officers.