Police inspector Sanjay Shinde,a relative of Vijay Palande arrested in the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases is likely to be dismissed from police service under Article 311 of the Constitution,Mumbai Police sources said on Monday.
There is a high likelihood of Shinde being dismissed for misconduct and interfering in police investigations into Palandes role. It would be difficult for him to escape dismissal, said a senior Mumbai Police Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.
The dismissal order under Article 311 will have to come from the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP)… The files will move from the Crime Branch to the Mumbai Police Commissioner and then to the DGP, said the officer.
Article 311 provides for dismissal,removal or reduction in rank. Crime Branch sources said a decision would be taken shortly on whether to book Shinde for aiding Palande during the latters brief escape from police custody on April 10.
The file is being processed and a decision will be taken in around two days on whether Shinde should be made an accused in the offence registered following Palandes escape, said the officer.
After Palande escaped from police custody while he was being escorted from the Police headquarters in Crawford market to a Crime Branch unit in Andheri (East) Shinde was transferred from unit eight to the less important administrative department of the Crime Branch. Shindes brother is married to Palandes elder sister.
A departmental inquiry was conducted by Assistant Commissioner of Police Arvind Mahabadi to ascertain whether Shinde helped Palande escape or aided him in any other way at any stage.
On April 23,the state government suspended Shinde and police constable Amol Deshpande for alleged misconduct.
Shinde and Deshpande were both posted at the Crime Branch unit eight. According to an internal report accessed by Newsline,Shinde made Deshpande call police naik Arvind Mohite of Amboli police station. Mohite told Deshpande he should speak to sub-inspector Saifuddin Sheikh,who had registered the missing person complaint on Kakads disappearance.
Shinde then told Sheikh that he was sending Karan Sood with Deshpande to Amboli police station and that the police should go easy on the suspect as he was a relative. Later,inspector Sharad Patil from Amboli found that Karan Sood was actually Vijay Palande.
The report also mentions that a Mahindra Xylo seized from Anuj Tikkus building was registered in the name of Nitin Bhosle,who said it was actually Shindes car. Shinde later admitted it was being used by a relative.
Shinde has faced a departmental inquiry in the past for allegedly shooting himself in the foot in an inebriated state inside a bar.
He was also allegedly probed for links with deported gangster Abu Salem following the kidnapping of Milton Plastics managing director Chiranjeev Vaghani from Malabar Hill in February 2000.
Sacked from Service
In August 2008,senior inspector Pradeep Sharma,an encounter specialist who has since been arrested in a fake encounter case,was dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution for an unsatisfactory prior record. The dismissal followed a probe into his alleged links with the underworld.
In July 2005,Article 311 was exercised to sack senior police inspector Aslam Momin for an alleged nexus with the Dawood Ibrahim gang. The police had said Momin had links with both Dawood and his brother Noora.