Bombay High Court Friday directed Kasim Khan,who conducted a sting operation in April that led to the suspension of 37 policemen from Nehru Nagar police station,to submit the original CD to Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL),Kalina,so that a report in can be submitted to the court within a month.
Khan,who police say has been consistently non-cooperative with investigations,has also been instructed to submit the supposed records of bribes paid that he maintained in a diary to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).
On April 11,senior inspector Dhananjay Bagayatkar,Nehru Nagar police station,as well as 36 constables under him,were suspended by Home Minister R R Patil after Khan made public videos of the constables accepting bribes from him in exchange for not taking action against some illegal structures in Kurla area.
A preliminary inquiry was initiated against all the 37 policemen by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone six) Lakhmi Gautam. ACB,meanwhile,registered a separate case under Prevention of Corruption Act and initiated its own inquiry.
However,both the city police and ACB have since then maintained that Khan has refused to record his statement as well as to hand over the original recording of his sting operation.
The original recording will be analysed in the presence of assistant director R R Mavle and placed inside a sealed envelope,which will only be opened during the trial.
Khan is also supposed to hand over the diary containing records of bribes paid,which will be photocopied by the ACB,details of the numbers that he has called during the operation as well as voice samples of both himself and his son.
Khan said,I dont mind giving the original CD to FSL. It is the ACB and Mumbai police that I dont trust. I will comply with the HC directive.
Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) Rajesh Kumar Mor said,We have questioned the 36 constables accused of corruption and have taken their voice samples. These have been sent to FSL, said Mor.
Meanwhile,a report of the preliminary inquiry conducted by DCP Gautam was recently submitted to the office of Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh. Based on the findings of the preliminary report,the police commissioner has ordered a departmental inquiry against all the 36 constables for corruption and against Sr PI Bagayatkar for supervisory failure. It will be conducted by Deputy Commissioner of Police,Local Arms-I, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sadanand Date.