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Gangster party: Probe finds five cops guilty

The probe initiated against five policemen suspended in the first week of January for allegedly attending a Christmas party hosted by Chhota Rajan aides....

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 19, 2010 1:12 am

The probe initiated against five policemen suspended in the first week of January for allegedly attending a Christmas party hosted by Chhota Rajan aides has found themguilty of the allegations levelled against them. Formal departmental proceedings will now be initiated against the policemen.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 5) Milind Bharambe,who had been asked to probe the allegations,submitted his report to Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan around two weeks ago,stating that it had been established that the five policemen had indeed attended the party.

The policemen — DCP (Special Branch-1) V N Salve,Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Prakash Wani,Senior Police Inspector (Chembur) Ramesh Khakale,Assistant Police Inspector (Anti Extortion Cell) Nivrutti Kolhatkar and police constable Rajendra Ghorpade — have already been suspended for attending the party.

The party was held on December 25 at the Chembur Gymkhana and was hosted by a man named Paulson Joseph. Close aides of Rajan such as D K Rao,Farid Tanasha and Sunil Poddar were guests at the party. Mumbai Police have 355 incriminating photographs of the party and the policemen in attendance as well as CCTV footage from the club.

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