December 21, 2009 2:07:59 am
The Bombay High Court on Saturday ordered the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the disproportionate assets case against IPS officer Hemant Nagrale. The court was hearing a petition filed by Nagrales former wife Pratima who has alleged that Nagrale had opened bank accounts in her name to launder black money and acquire assets through benami transactions.
A division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and RY Ganoo stated that the complaint against Nagrale could not merely be brushed aside. The court observed that a complaint being lodged against a person,particularly one who was holding such a top post in the police force,even if baseless,would do incalculable damage to not just the officer concerned but to the entire force he belongs to.
The court directed the Director General of the ACB to appoint a senior officer to probe Nagrales bank transactions,source of funds and sale/transfer of property.
Nagrale married Pratima in 1990. The couple was granted divorce in February this year after which Pratima filed the petition in court.
Denying the allegations,Nagrales lawyers claimed that Pratima was an infuriated wife suffering from psychiatric disorder who had tried to commit suicide twice. They argued that Pratima had filed the case to take revenge and to taint the image of a meritorious officer with an impeccable service record.
The court asked about the source of funds in Pratimas account and her I-T returns as she was unemployed and had no independent means of income.
A report on the allegation was also submitted by the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria. However,the court observed that the report was incomplete.
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