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ACB wants fast-track court for swift trial

Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 12, 2013
First Published: 02:21 IST(12/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:23 IST(12/4/2013)

The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) wants a quick and speedy trial in the alleged bribery case involving 36 policemen from Nehru Nagar police station. It will also probe the assets of the accused public servants at a later stage.

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The 36 policemen were suspended on Wednesday after they were allegedly caught after an activist filmed them accepting money to permit an illegal structure in Chembur. The senior inspector of the police station, Dhananjay Bagayatkar, was also put under suspension for “lapses in supervision”, on Thursday.

Speaking to HT, Raj Khilnani, director general, ACB, which registered an FIR against the policemen, said, “We will be asking for a fast-track court to conduct the trial.”

Keeping in mind the gravity of the case, the justice should be speedy, he added.

In order to conduct the trial on a day-to-day basis, Khilnani said, the ACB may also ask for setting up a separate (special) court as the existing special ACB court is burdened with too many cases.

According to Khilnani, though at present 36 police personnel are named in the FIR, the figure may go up as a few civic officials have also been mentioned in the complaint, which was filed by MS Bhise, assistant commissioner of police, Chembur division.

“We will examine all the people whose names come up during our investigation and the person/s will be added to the FIR at a later stage,” he said.

The bureau is also likely to form a special team to conduct the investigation. “All 26 DVDs of the sting operation by the activist, which caught the policemen taking bribe, have been taken into possession for investigation,” Khilnani said.

The ACB also plans to probe the assets of the policemen as a corollary to the present probe. “For this, we may ask the government to provide us with additional manpower as it is difficult to manage with the present staff crunch,” Khilnani said.

Currently, the post of additional director general, ACB, is lying vacant. There are around 20 vacancies at the deputy commissioner level, which is running at 50% of its sanctioned strength.


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