The Marine Drive police on Tuesday filed a report before the Metropolitan Magistrate court that it had no jurisdiction on an incident in Buldhana where a private complaint was registered against Union Cabinet Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for allegedly shielding a private financier belonging to the Congress. The court has adjourned the matter till September 24.
While the Bombay High Court had in July last dismissed a petition seeking to make Deshmukh an accused and recover Rs 10 lakh imposed by the apex court on the state,a city-based activist Abdul Malik Choudhary had moved the magistrate court seeking an FIR be registered against Deshmukh. Choudhary had sought that a complaint be registered against Deshmukh,Congress legislator Dilipkumar Sananda and his father Gokulchand Sananda.
On two dates earlier,the Marine Drive police had sought time to file a report in the case and in its four- page reply on Monday,it claimed that the complaint was not maintainable and that the documents pertaining to the case were with the Buldhana police. It was noticed that seven cases were registered at various police stations of Buldhana district against Gokulchand Sananda and others and all are sub judice, the police said in its reply.
The case dates back to June 1,2006 when Deshmukh had allegedly summoned the Buldhana Collector and instructed him to specially treat any complaints filed against Sananda and his family. The allegation against Vilasrao was that he misused his power as chief minister and interfered in a criminal probe against MLA Dilipkumar Sananda and his family on a complaint filed by Buldhana district farmers Sarnagdharsingh Chavan and his brother Vijaysingh Chavan. The brothers had later moved the HC.
The HC had imposed costs of Rs 25,000 which the state challenged in the apex court. The Supreme Court on December 14,2010 slapped costs of Rs 10 lakh on the state government after it dismissed the states appeal against the HCs Nagpur benchs order. The Chavan brothers had alleged that they took a loan from Sananda,but were unable to pay it back owing to the exorbitant interest he levied.
The two brothers also said they took the loan after pledging their farm land to him and their failure to pay back the loan has resulted in confiscation of their land. The High Court and the Supreme Court has both indicted Deshmukh and has made strong observations in this case. There is no reason that the Marine Drive police should challenge our application on the aspect of jurisdiction, said Choudharys lawyer Ashish Giri.