Pleading for bail for arrested police inspector Suhas Gokhale, accused of helping alleged drug peddler Shashikala alias Baby Patankar evade arrest, his lawyer has claimed that Gokhale’s arrest was a “planned” one. Advocate Ayaz Khan told the court that a negative chemical analysis report of the seized samples purported to be of the contraband mephedrone was already filed in court when Gokhale was arrested.
The court is likely to pronounce the order on his bail plea Wednesday.
Gokhale, along with four other policemen, was arrested on May 29 in connection with the alleged nexus between prime accused and suspended constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe who was arrested in March after 114 kg of mephedrone was allegedly found in his house in Lonavala.
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Khan contended that the negative chemical analysis report, stating that the seized sample “does not show presence of mephedrone” but was in fact monosodium glutamate (Ajinomoto), was filed in court hours before Gokhale was arrested.
Khan, along with colleague Dillip Mishra, said the police had suppressed the fact about the negative chemical analysis report and did not mention it in Gokhale’s first and second remand applications in court.
The report from the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Kalina, says the analysis was completed on April 8.
The prosecution had argued that it would verify and inform the court on this when the police received the report.
Mishra had argued that according to the FIR and remand application, Gokhale had held the mephedrone parcel and sniffed it during the panchanama on March 10. “However, Gokhale told me that he had told the officers that it could be Ajinomoto but only mephedrone was noted down,” he contended.
The police have filed an application in court seeking directions to resend the drug sample to the FSL-Hyderabad for tests.