Police chief seeks report on ‘lapses’

With a police officer’s role under the scanner for his connections to Vijay Palande — the main accused arrested for the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases — the Mumbai Police Commissioner has asked for a detailed report from top Crime Branch officers on whether there were any lapses on the part of the police which benefited the accused involved at any stage.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 20, 2012 2:27 am

With a police officer’s role under the scanner for his connections to Vijay Palande — the main accused arrested for the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases — the Mumbai Police Commissioner has asked for a detailed report from top Crime Branch officers on whether there were any lapses on the part of the police which benefited the accused involved at any stage.

The police chief has also asked three Crime Branch officers — Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy,Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti and Deputy Commissioner of Police Nisar Tamboli — to audit the antecedents of men posted in the Crime Branch,from constables upwards,in order to initiate a “cleansing process’’.

“I have asked for a detailed report on the cases,and have asked for details of all those who are involved. I have also asked Roy,Bharti and Tamboli to conduct a detailed audit. Once the report is prepared,we will begin a cleansing process,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik told Newsline.

After Palande escaped from police custody on April 10,sub-inspector Sanjay Shinde was transferred. Shinde is a close relative of Palande,and a probe is on to ascertain if he had any role to play in the latter’s escape.

Questions have also been raised as to why D N Nagar police did not inform Bombay High Court that Palande had been sentenced to life in December 2002 for a double murder and had jumped parole when he was granted bail in a forgery case in September 2007. After having jumped bail,Palande was arrested in the forgery case in November 2006,and 10 months later,was released on bail.

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