October 11, 2012 2:11:36 am
Former DGP K Subramanyam has given a clean chit to five senior IPS officers,including anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Rakesh Maria,accused of shielding another senior IPS officer K L Bishnoi who purportedly cleared his LLB examination despite missing practicals.
Bombay High Court (HC) had directed Subramanyam in April to probe the allegations levelled against seven IPS officers by Chitra Salunkhe,former vice-principal of Siddharth Law College.
While clearing five,the retired DGP recommended that an advisory note be issued to ACP (Traffic) Brijesh Singh and ADGP M M Rathod for casual approach in dealing with complaints filed by Salunkhe against Bishnoi.
Apart from Maria,the officers who have been cleared are Nagpur JCP Sanjay Saxena,ACP (West) Vishwas Nangre-Patil,ADGP Pankaj Gupta and ACP (Special Branch) Naval Bajaj.
Subramanyam said Brijesh Singh,when he was a DCP in 2006,wrote a lie to Salunkhe that inquiries were conducted against Bishnoi and Siddarth Law College principal I A Inamdar based on her complaint and action initiated.
I find this communication misleading and false and it seems to have been prepared and sent in a casual manner. I,however,do not find the letter was written with malafide intention.
Rathod,as SP,Protection of Civil Rights Cell,was supposed to probe the allegations and send a report to National Schedule Caste Commission,but he simply forwarded a report prepared by then DCP Naval Bajaj.
Rathod should have discussed the Bajaj report with seniors,formed an expert view and then communicated to the commission. I find he did not apply his mind. He should not have acted as a post office in sending the Bajaj report to the commission, Subramanyam said in his report.
The retired DGP did not find substance in allegations levelled against Saxena and Maria that they did not conduct a proper inquiry and failed to record the statement of Bishnoi before sending a report to then DGP.
Saxena and Maria had reported to then DGP that the scope of their inquiry was limited as they could not record then Nagpur CP Bishnois statement. I find nothing wrong in this, the report said.
Bishnoi allegedly cleared his final-year LLB examination with the help of then acting principal of Siddharth Law College I A Inamdar without appearing for practical examination held on March 12,2005.
Mumbai University had appointed Salunkhe examiner to conduct the practical. Before the examination,she received a typewritten list of all 15 candidates supposed to take it.
She found another handwritten name added to the list. Although the candidate had not signed the chart confirming his appearance,marks had already been given to him.
Salukhe later found the candidate was Bishnoi and subsequently lodged a formal complaint with then pro-vice chancellor of Mumbai University.
She approached HC in 2009 after university authorities did not take cognisance of her complaint.
I find that Chitra Salunkhe has been harassed and persecuted over the years both as a woman and schedule caste person by her colleague Inamdar. Mumbai University can take steps to create a less discretionary and more rule-based examination system so that such issues do not arise in future, the Subramanyam report states.
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