December 23, 2015 1:44:52 am
ALLEGED DRUG peddler Shashikala alias Baby Patankar filed a criminal complaint with the City Civil and Sessions Court Tuesday seeking a direction to the police to return the valuables seized from her residence and explain why it took away the security cameras installed there.
Patankar (55) had last week filed the application in the Bombay High Court, which directed her to approach the trial court.
Patankar and her sons Satish and Girish were arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in April on charges of supplying alleged mephedrone to dismissed police constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe. The trio was arrested after the police recovered 112 kilograms of alleged mephedrone from the Satara residence of Kalokhe and seized 12 kilograms of the substance from his cupboard at the Marine Drive police station following the latter’s arrest.
Patankar claimed that she was carrying Rs 35,000 when the police arrested her from a bus in Panvel on April 14, but when the police handed over her jewellery to her family, it did not return the money. During the raids conducted at her home in Worli’s Siddharth Nagar slum between March 13 and May 30, the application added, police officers from the Marine Drive police station and the Crime Branch seized four-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles, 20 cellphones, title deeds of properties, bank passbooks, income tax returns documents and jewellery without providing a copy of the panchanama.
She has also alleged that the police destroyed the CCTV cameras she had installed in her home. “In order to destroy evidence of their high-handedness, the officers have also forcefully removed and taken away the CCTV system installed at their residence,” said the application.This was done, it alleged, because “the officer’s dictatorial behaviour was caught in the CCTV camera”.
Patankar also urged the court to ask the police to return and reinstall the cameras, apart from furnishing in court the case diary of the crime.
The Satara police have chargesheeted Patankar and her sons. The Mumbai Police is yet to file its chargesheet following the sessions court rejecting its request to send samples of the alleged mephedrone seized from Kalokhe’s cupboard for retesting to CFSL in Hyderabad. The Kalina FSL had earlier ruled that the alleged mephedrone was food additive ajinomoto.
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