The Economic Offences Wing will start the interrogation of Saji Mohan,former Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Chandigarh,from Monday. The first task on their list take his handwriting samples and send them to Central Forensic Science Laboratory for examination.
The samples would be compared with the signatures,allegedly made by Mohan,on the acknowledgement receipt of Rs 13.81 lakh taken out from the seizure room of the Zonal NCB office in Chandigarh.
The Chandigarh police have booked Mohan for corruption and embezzlement. In January,NCB officers,during verification of the seized contraband,had found the container unlocked with only Rs 49,980 inside. On perusal of the case file,it was found that Rs 13.81 lakh had been handed over by seizure room in-charge Balwinder Kumar,on December 22,2008,to Mohan to deposit it in a State Bank of India account. Mohan had given an acknowledgement receipt to this effect. Inquiries with the bank revealed that the amount was not deposited in the SBI account. Consequently,the NCB moved an application to the police for further investigations.
Sources said Mohans counsel would move an application in the district courts on Monday to seek permission to remain present during his clients interrogation. As Saji apprehends torture by the Chandigarh police,an advocate needs to be present during the interrogation, sources said.
Police officers,meanwhile, seem curious about Mohans activities in custody and cannot stop discussing him. The purpose of the tight security seemed to have been defeated. Everyone is getting every single bit of information about Saji and who he met in the police station today. The constables are proving to be the best source for these officers, said a Deputy Superintendent of Police.