ACB to probe cops’ roles in extortion case
The High Court on Thursday directed the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the alleged role of two policemen in an extortion complaint filed by a developer.india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 01:59 IST
The High Court on Thursday directed the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the alleged role of two policemen in an extortion complaint filed by a developer.
Observing that there was a case made out against Inspector Anil Mahabole and Assistant Police Inspector (API) Rajendra Nikam, the division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari directed the ACB to probe their involvement in the FIR lodged against builder Vinod Avalani.
The court was hearing a petition filed by developer Sandeep Shukla, who with his uncle Krishna, was arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell in 2007. This was for allegedly trying to extort money from developers Avalani, Chandresh and Jayesh Shah by making don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar an intermediary.
The HC observed: “Police and investigating machinery must act within the limit of their authorities. They must not abdicate their duties and act at the commands of any outside force.”
Avlani had lodged a complaint with the crime branch in December 2006 against Shukla and Haseena alleging that they were threatening him.
Avlani claimed he and Shah had paid Shukla Rs 1 crore in 2006 to develop a slum rehabilitation scheme in Wadala. Demand drafts of Rs 1 crore were left with Haseena.
Instead of lodging an FIR, Mahabole and Nikam reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakh from Shukla to settle the case. Shukla then approached the ACB.
“The ACB later slackened due to illegal and unauthorised intervention from certain quarters,” said Shukla’s lawyer B.P. Pandey.