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RTO officials cleared superbike papers: CID

Areport by the CID on the superbike import scam reveals that Regional Transport Office officials at Andheri had cleared the papers for registration of the bikes.

Written by Mohan Kumar | Mumbai | Published: June 28, 2010 3:35:53 am

Areport by the CID on the superbike import scam reveals that Regional Transport Office officials at Andheri had cleared the papers for registration of the bikes. The suspended officials,however,have denied allegations of being part of the scam,says the report.

The Bombay High Court had earlier pointed out that it was a big racket and had asked how it was possible that RTO officers were not involved. The HC had taken suo motu notice based on a newspaper report on the multi-crore bogus registration scam and had ordered action against errant officials.

Additional superintendent of police,Mahadeo Gundewadi,in his affdaivt,had stated that he had taken statements of suspended RTO officers Prasad Dalvi,Nandkumar Chirame,Sachin Ayarekar,M S Shaikh—all of who are motor vehicle inspectors — and Assistant RTO Balasaheb Khandagale of Andheri office following the arrest of accused Samir Daitar and Mohammed Choudhary.

“They (officers) have denied the allegations but admitted having cleared the papers for registration after verifying the information submitted for registration,” Gundewadi states.

Gundewadi says that following statements of RTO agents Anwar Shaikh and Almeen Dodia,who’ve registered 20-25 superbikes at the RTO offices in Andheri and Pen,it’s been admitted that they never brought these vehicles to the RTO offices at the time of registration.

Inquiries are still on following disclosure of more superbike importers and customers whose names have surfaced during the investigation,the affidavit states.

However,Gundewadi admits that the role of RTO officials in the scandal can come to light only after the arrest of wanted accused Zakir Patel who prepared the forged documents.

Following a Red Corner notice,another wanted accused Nadir Ali Akbar was intercepted by the immigration wing at Hyderabad airport when he was about to board a flight to Dubai. Akbar is currently in police custody.

Earlier,the counsel appearing for the RTO officers told the court that there is nothing against RTO officers and the proceedings against them should be dropped.

Reports filed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence mentioned that in many cases import documents (on the basis of which bikes were registered by RTOs in Raigad,Thane,and suburban Andheri) are fake. There are some 640 such cases,as per police’s own investigation.

Amicus curie,advocate Aspi Chinoy, had earlier submitted that this was not matter of irregularities,but a criminal conspiracy involving RTO officials. Currently 10 RTO officials are under suspensions and all of them including eight others are facing a departmental inquiry.

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