TWO OF the four corporators arrested on charges of abetting the suicide of Cosmos Group owner Suraj Parmar were produced before a local court that remanded them in police custody until December 14.
The four corporators — Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (independent) — were placed under formal arrest by the Thane police Saturday after they surrendered following a Bombay High Court directive.
Mulla and Vikrant Chavan were produced before a local court Saturday and remanded in police custody for 14 days. However, Jagdale and Sudhakar Chavan could not be produced in court because of health issues. They were taken to JJ hospital to ensure they were fit for police custody.
On Sunday, J Kadbule, senior inspector and Thane police spokesperson, said, “Jagdale and Chavan were produced before a local court and remanded in police custody until December 14.”
Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, leaving behind a suicide note in which he blamed the four corporators for “harassment”.
ACP Dilip Gore, who is probing the case, said the corporators were not being very cooperative. “They are answering some questions and are evasive during others,” He said, adding that the police were also taking the help of auditors and chartered accountants to check the financial dealings of the accused to find out if anyone else was involved. Gore, however, refused to say what the corporators had told the police so far.
Earlier, while arguing against the anticipatory bail of the corporators before the high court, special public prosecutor Raja Thakre had said Rs 1.7 crore had been transferred from the account of one of the corporators to that of NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad and they wanted to question the corporators in that connection.
The corporators had come under the scanner after a forensic test was conducted on Parmar’s 13-page suicide note. The names of the corporators were first written and later cancelled out as Parmar wrote in his diary that he feared his family would be harassed.
The note, the police said, revealed that a nexus of corporators and officials was harassing Parmar for bribes. Following this, the police had registered a case against the corporators for abetment of suicide and ‘criminal misconduct’ under the Prevention of Corruption Act.