The seven policemen suspended in March 2008 in the alleged framing of builder Rajendra Chaturvedi are on their way back into the force.
The Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) has asked the state to expedite the process of their reinstatement.
“The government pleader told the tribunal that the state has already decided to reinstate the seven policemen, following which the tribunal asked that the process be expedited,” said advocate Arvind Bandiwadekar, appearing for the policemen.
On February 25, 2007, Juhu police arrested four men for planning to kill builder Rajendra Chaturvedi’s business rival, developer Rahshmikant Shah, of the Vijay Group, and claimed to have recovered a revolver and Rs 12.5 lakh in cash.
Assistant Police Inspector Jagdish Sail arrested Chaturvedi (of the Shripati Group) and one Baba Udaynath, in March 2007, claiming they had paid the four shooters to kill Shah. Chaturvedi spent 41 days in jail before being released on bail. Sail’s claims were challenged and the Home Department transferred the case to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The CID filed a ‘B’ summary (considered false or malicious information) before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate, and said the case was fake and that there was no need to discharge Chaturvedi since he automatically got a clean chit.
On July 4, the magistrate rejected the report and said the CID could not proceed further against the alleged errant officials. It had asked the CID to submit a fresh report after verifying the facts again.
“The MAT has also directed (the state) to forward the seven policemen’s papers to the commissioner of police for postings,” said Bushan Bandiwadekar (another lawyer for all the accused).
Advocate Lakshman Kanal, representing IPS officer Bipin Bihari said, “Since the state has reinstated the seven policemen, we are also expecting a similar decision in a day or two.”