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Arthur Road Jail SP absolved of graft charges, but likely to be shifted

The report submitted last month to the state Home Department was prepared by the then Inspector General (IG) of Police (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh who was asked to probe into allegations levelled by Ghule.

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published: June 2, 2016 2:32:12 am
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AN INTERNAL investigation conducted by the state Prisons Department against Bharat Bhosale, Superintendent of Police at the Arthur Road Jail, has found him “ineffective” but has absolved him of corruption charges levelled by former resident doctor Dr Rahul Ghule. Sources said Bhosale could be transferred soon.

The report submitted last month to the state Home Department was prepared by the then Inspector General (IG) of Police (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh who was asked to probe into allegations levelled by Ghule. In April, Ghule had written a letter to the home department claiming that the officer concerned had extended preferential treatment to undertrials in lieu of money.

After a vigilance inquiry conducted by the jail department on former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s April 18-visit to state-run St George Hospital, Ghule was found exceeding his brief by fudging the medical records, accompanying the accused and even paying a visit during his weekly-off.

Based on the report, the jail department repatriated the resident doctor to the health department.

“During the inquiry, the inquiry officer had questioned all the undertrails against whom Dr Ghule had levelled allegation of bribing the officer for getting preferential treatment. This included National Congress Party (NCP) leader Sameer Bhujbal (accused in the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam) and Peter Mukerjea (accused in the Sheena Bora murder case), but all the undertrails named by Dr Ghule said the allegations made by him were baseless and that they never paid any money to the said officer,” a senior official from the home department told The Indian Express.

“Other witnesses were also questioned to find if there was any substance in the bribery claims made by the former resident doctor but they were found to be unfounded and therefore the officer has been given a clean chit on the point of the bribery charges alleged against him,” the official added.

However, the inquiry report reportedly found that the officer was unable to manage operations within the jail premises efficaciously, the official added.

Sources said Bhosale is likely to be among those transferred to another jail in the upcoming round of transfers.

rashmi.rajput@expressindia.com

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