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Why pay money for biryani? Should we pay in our jurisdiction: Pune DCP in viral audio

She says audio clip 'morphed', 'conspiracy' to get her transferred

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: July 30, 2021 10:09:05 pm
The audio clip has gone viral on social media with netizens slamming police for misusing their power to get favours and freebies | Representational image

State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Friday ordered a probe into an audio clip in which a woman officer of Pune City Police is reportedly heard asking her subordinate to order food from a restaurant and get it free of cost as the eatery is in their jurisdiction.

Police sources said the officer in the audio clip was reportedly deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Priyanka Narnavare of Zone I.

Narnavare, however, claimed that the audio clip was “morphed”.

While speaking to the media during his Pune visit, Patil said, “I have heard the audio clip. It is a serious matter and I have asked the police commissioner to conduct a probe. Once he submits the report, the state government will take appropriate action against the officer.”

In the audio clip, the officer first asks her subordinate about eateries selling non-vegetarian food. She is informed about a well-known restaurant in Sadashiv Peth area selling thalis of chicken biryani made in ghee and Kolhapuri mutton.

The officer is then heard saying, “…Why give money? Should we pay in our jurisdiction?” The subordinate is then heard telling her that they usually pay for food but the officer insists on getting it for free.

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The audio clip has gone viral on social media, with netizens slamming police for “misusing their power to get favours and freebies”.

DCP Narnavare, however, told mediapersons that the audio clip was “morphed” and she will be filing a complaint with the cyber police against it. The officer also claimed that she had earlier taken action against corrupt police personnel and the audio clip was a “conspiracy” to get her transferred.

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