By: Santoshee Mishra
SANDEEP LOHARIA, son of slain builder Sunil Loharia, has challenged the probe into his father’s murder, alleging that former Navi Mumbai police commissioner Ashok Sharma connived with the conspirators and misused his powers as an IPS officer.
Loharia’s criminal writ petition, which includes these allegations and alleged evidence showing that the commissioner was in constant touch with the main accused, builder Suresh Bijlani and architect Anurag Garg, has been admitted by the Bombay High Court. The writ will be heard on September 12 by Justice P V Hardas.
Sunil, a builder and an RTI activist, was shot dead outside his Vashi office on February 16 this year. The case was transferred from Navi Mumbai police to the Mumbai police Crime Branch. So far, 11 suspects have been arrested in the case, which includes Emmanuel Amolik,a former encounter specialist who is also an accused in the case.
“I have prayed for the proper prosecution in terms of registering the First Information Report against Sharma, the former commissioner of police of Navi Mumbai. I have evidences in the form of Call Detail Reorcds (CDR), all of whom are actively involved in committing the murder of my father Sunil. I have also asked for an appropriate order directing the state of Maharashtra, Chief Secretary of Home department and also Director General of Police to conduct an enquiry against Sharma for committing the offence during his tenure as the commissioner of police, Navi Mumbai,” alleged Sandeep.
“Sharma was in regular communication with Bijlani via his driver, Anil D’souza’s mobile number. He was also in communication with another arrested accused Anurag Garg via his peon Bhagwan Khapre’s mobile number,” reads the writ filed by the petitioner Sandeep.
“I want justice from the honourable court as there were many loopholes in the investigation earlier by the Navi Mumbai police and later by the crime branch of Mumbai Police. Sharma should be suspended and the FIR should be registered against him ,” said Sandeep. The writ was filed on September 9.
“The day the case got transferred to the Crime branch of Mumbai police, the accused persons Suresh Bijlani, Anurag Garg and Surya Prakash Agrwal went absconding until the case was investigated by Vashi police station of Navi Mumbai. However, the three accused persons declared absconding were right under the nose of APMC police station where they were informed that the case is being transferred to the crime branch,” alleged Sandeep.
“However, when the crime branch started the probe, the CDR records of Ammolik, Bijlani, Garg were not checked minutely . Otherwise it would have come to their notice three days prior to my father’s murder the calls among these three were increased with Sharma ,” alleges Sandeep.
“Sharma later continued to be in touch with Garg and Bijlani via their staff . It is noted that the crime branch miserably failed in investigating the role of the senior IPS officer, Sharma despite the availability of mobile companies keeping the records of messages for 7 years,” added Sandeep. When contacted Sharma texted that “it is all nonsense. His son is trying for last 18-19 months. Let the court decide.”