Earlier probe ‘insufficient’,look into complaints against SPM afresh,court tells police

Judicial Magistrate Shahzad Parvez has directed the Vishrambaug police to conduct “proper and all-round” investigation into the allegations of misappropriation of Rs 50 lakh by trustees of the 125-year-old Shikshan Prasarak Mandali.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Published: July 5, 2012 4:19:05 am

Judicial Magistrate Shahzad Parvez has directed the Vishrambaug police to conduct “proper and all-round” investigation into the allegations of misappropriation of Rs 50 lakh by trustees of the 125-year-old Shikshan Prasarak Mandali.

The SPM runs around 40 educational institutes,including the Sir Parshurambhau College and Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya,in Pune,Mumbai,Solapur and Bangalore.

The court on Monday stated that the police’s earlier investigations were “insufficient”.

Mihir Krishnakant Prabhudesai,a member of SPM,had in 2010 claimed that the income tax department raided SPM’s therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) laboratory in Mumbai on July 21,2008 and recovered Rs 22.12 lakh and documents showing transactions worth over Rs 4 crore. “Fourteen parents in their statements before the charity commissioner had said they paid capitation fees while seeking admission for their wards to various Mumbai-based colleges like Ramnarain Ruia,R A Podar and Welingkar Institute,” Prabhudesai had said in his complaint.

JMFC K P Jain-Desarda had then directed the police to register a case against 19 trustees of SPM,including Anant Nilkanth Mate and Gangadhar Kashinath Shirude,investigate the matter and file a chargesheet against them.

In January,the police filed their C summary report but Prabhudesai objected to it. Prabhudesai told the court that the police were not investigating the case properly and had failed to record statements of the income tax officials who had raided the laboratory or the income tax commissioner concerned.

According to Prabhudesai,the police had anticipated that the complaint might have arisen out of competition for the SPM elections. “We had requested the court to direct the police to record statements of the income tax department officials and parents of those students from whom capitation fee was taken,” said his lawyer Sachin Mundada.

“The court does not find it apt to rely upon the report based on the investigation conducted so far… the court is inclined to direct the police to churn the facts more rigorously and to conduct further investigation into the offence,touching all the aspects,” stated the court order.

The court further stated that the investigation should be carried out either by a Vishrambaug police officer or someone other than those who had investigated the offence so far.

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