The Mumbai Police Crime Branch will appeal in the Bombay High Court against a lower court order denying permission to retest samples of a substance found at the residence and in the locker of dismissed police head constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe.
Kalokhe was arrested on March 9 after police found 112 kg of alleged mephedrone (known as Meow Meow) in his Lonavala residence.
Another 12 kg was seized from his locker at Marine Drive police station, where he was posted at the time. The Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Pune and Mumbai sent reports certifying the substance as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), commonly known as ajinomoto. The Crime Branch’s application seeking permission to send another batch of samples for retesting was denied by a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on August 17. Crime Branch sources confirmed to The Indian Express that an appeal will be filed in the HC.
“We are speaking to our law officers and taking their help to draft a proposal, which will be sent to the Law and Judiciary department of the state government. As per rule, we have to seek the department’s permission before we can appeal against the decision. We will soon send the proposal to the department,” said a Crime Branch officer.
Sources said that the decision was taken at a recent discussion on whether to file a chargesheet in the case or to appeal against the verdict.
“We had to first study the court’s order, as it depended on the order whether there was any scope for appeal. After studying the order and seeking legal opinion, we found a scope to appeal but decided to have further discussions with law officers before proceeding,” another officer said. Kalokhe’s arrest had led to the arrest of Shashikala alias Baby Patankar, an alleged supplier of mephedrone in the city, as well as several people who were part of the supply chain. Five other police officers, including a Senior Police Inspector with the Anti Narcotics Cell, were subsequently arrested.