Additional chief judicial magistrate V K Yawalkar on Monday issued process (summons) against three persons,inluding an inspector of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
The summons was issued against inspector Dhananjay Dhumal and two partners of a financial firm Sudhakar Dnyandeo Bhujbal (45) and Bipin Pravin Rane (36) for allegedly conspiring against a landscape architect and environmental consultant and trying to extort Rs 15 lakh from him.
While the Shivajinagar police had given clean chit to the three,the court verified architect Ajay Shamkant Chaudharys (53) evidence and issued the order.
On November 9 last year,Yawalkar had directed the Shivajinagar police to investigate the complaint filed by victim Chaudhary. He had lodged the complaint against Dhumal and Bhujbal and Rane of M/s R S Finance. It stated that Chaudhary had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh from the finance company in June 2009 and had repaid the loan along with interest before December 7,2010.
Chaudhary alleged that the finance company was demanding Rs 15 lakh and had taken the help of ATS officers to pressurise him. Chaudhary had filed a private criminal case in the court through his lawyers Ravindra Bharate and Mohan More after the ATS officials allegedly threatened to implicate him in a false case of terrorism.
The Shivajinagar police,however,submitted a report absolving the accused by reporting that the complainant filed the complaint with a view to avoid payment of loan of Rs 10 lakh taken from M/s R S Finance.
I was not satisfied with the investigation conducted in the matter. Therefore,instead of ordering further investigation by police,the matter was kept for verification of the complaint before the court, reads the court order dated April 5.
It further stated,Dhumal took law in his own hands to coerce the complainant to make additional payment of Rs 15 lakh. Therefore,I find that prima facie there is sufficient material placed on record to issue process against the accused for offence punishable under Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt,in order to commit extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.