Retired inspector Bhausaheb Andalkar (56),who was arrested on Wednesday by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly having disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.57 crore,was remanded in five-day police custody on Thursday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACB) Hemant Bhatt,who is investigating the case,produced Andalkar seeking his seven-day custody.
Additional public prosecutor Pratap Jadhav presented the case on behalf of ACB. He stated that during an inquiry conducted by Superintendent of Police (ACB),Pune,Sharad Thongepatil,it was revealed that from 1977 to 2010,Andalkar had allegedly collected property worth Rs 1,57,96,247 which is found in excess of his known source of income.
“Andalkar’s custodial investigation was necessary for proper investigation as he had also purchased properties at various places,” Jadhav told the court.
Defence lawyer Sudhir Shah,representing Andalkar,opposed the police custody and said deputy commissioner of police (ACB) Pune V D Pandhare in his report dated June 19,2009 had given a clean chit to the accused. He added that Andalkar was being victimised under political pressure.
After hearing both the sides,the court observed that ‘..it cannot be said that the report of V D Pandhare (giving clean chit to Andalkar) is the final word and it prohibits the department from further investigation. Furthermore,that report is in respect of the period up to 2007,whereas the present report of the inquiry conducted by Sharad Thongepatil covers the period up to 2010.’
The court said prima facie Andalkar has purchased properties at various places in his name as well as in the name of others to attract offence under Section 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption of Act. Considering the magnitude of the property involved and the nature of offence,custodial interrogation is a must, the order states.
Meanwhile,the court had allowed the CBI on Wednesday to conduct a polygraph test on Andalkar in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty.