Former Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol, who has been evading the media after the state government announced a probe into the planchette controversy surrounding the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, is in trouble again as he is likely to be “grilled” by the anti-corruption branch of CBI this week in connection with the “recruitment scam” at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
The “scam” came to light last month. “We have asked Pol to be present in CBI office this week to record his statement. We want to examine him regarding one of the appointments made at the IITM,” said K Babu, Additional SP, CBI.
When asked how serious was Pol’s involvement in the case, Babu said, “That will be revealed only after we examine him.” Whether there was a possibility of CBI making another arrest in the case, Babu said he could not answer “hypothetical questions”. “Our investigation is under way. Whoever is guilty, we will take action against him…,” he added.
Pol, who has moved to Kolhapur after his retirement, confirmed that he would be visiting Pune this week. “I am coming to Pune, but for some work related to my pension,” he said. He feigned ignorance about the CBI’s plan to question him.
Last week, CBI had told a city court that one of the alleged illegal appointments at IITM was made as part of a “quid pro quo” between Pol, the then IITM director B N Goswami and his personal secretary Chhabi Bardhan, who last served as LACD manager at the institute.
“Both Goswami and Bardhan had met Pol, who was the police commissioner then, in connection with a case filed against Goswami at Chatushrungi police station,” the CBI told the court, adding, “Pol had assured Bardhan and Goswami that he would look into the matter and requested them to help him get a job for one of his acquaintances.”
CBI investigations had revealed that Chatushrungi police closed the complaint apparently after finding the allegations made under atrocities Act untrue.
During Pol’s “interrogation”, CBI sources said, officials would try to find out whether he had any role to play in the closure of the case. After the planchette controversy broke out in connection with the anti-superstition activist’s murder, Pol had aggressively rubbished charges at a press conference. He had even sued Outlook magazine for defamation. However, after the state government announced a probe into the matter, Pol avoided the media.