Updated: August 26, 2021 7:23:08 pm
Amboli police on Wednesday registered a case against a deputy commissioner of police and two police inspectors for allegedly conspiring, intimidating and extorting money from a 50-year-old property dealer.
The police officers named in the FIR are Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan and two inspectors – Chimaji Aadav and Sunil Mane. Pathan was named as one of the accused in the extortion case registered at the Marine Drive police station in July in which former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh is a co-accused.
Mane is in jail for allegedly playing a crucial role in placing a gelatine-laden Scorpio car outside Antilia, the official residence of businessman Mukesh Ambani, and murdering Mansukh Hiren.
Gurusharansingh Chauhan, an Andheri resident and complainant in the FIR registered at the Amboli police station, told the police that between October 20, 2019, and February 29, 2020, these three police officers allegedly threatened to implicate him in a false case under the pretext of which they extorted Rs 17 lakh from Chauhan.
“They used their informers to accept the money on their behalf,” said an officer. However, the police said the three officers had demanded more money from him and as the complainant refused to give them the further amount, the officer registered a case of cheating against him at the MIDC police station and arrested him. The case was subsequently transferred to the crime branch, where Pathan was posted as a deputy commissioner of police.
The complainant further alleged that during the course of the investigation, the officers had even manhandled him. “Chauhan in his statement said the officers destroyed all the evidence and gave him death threats,” said an officer.
The property dealer had then approached the Andheri court that instructed the Amboli police to register an offence. Eventually, his statement was recorded on Wednesday and a case registered under relevant sections of extortion, forgery, assault, criminal intimidation, destruction of evidence and conspiracy of the IPC. No arrests have been made so far.
Pathan refused to comment on the matter. Aadav said, “I don’t know Chauhan and have never met him. He himself in his statement said a few people took my name and extorted money from him. I have no idea what happened and how much money he gave to those people.”
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