Former state Director General of Police K.K. Kashyap may be questioned by the police in connection with Bharat Borge’s death. Borge (45) allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday.
A suicide note was found on him, saying he was scared he may be implicated after some Reliance (he did not specify which group) officials questioned him in connection with the discovery of pebbles in the filter of Anil Ambani’s helicopter.
On Wednesday, Kashyap, now associated with the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group of Reliance, told HT he had “seen” Borge following the discovery of pebbles in the chopper’s gearbox filter on April 23.
“We are investigating the incident. If Kashyap has information about him (Borge), we will question him and record his statement,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, Western Railways, Prakash Sawant said.
“When I went to the airport (hanger), I saw Borge. I didn’t talk to him. I was told he was a good person,” said Kashyap. Asked to comment on Bhorge’s suicide note where he spoke of the visit by Reliance officials, he said, “The note recovered from Borge is very confused and presumptuous.”
Asked if the Crime Branch would look into the issue, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said, “What we are interested in is the (suicide) letter.” He said that while the thrust of the investigation was restricted to the helicopter mischief, Borge’s suicide was being investigated by the Railway Police.
‘Mystery almost solved’
The Crime Branch claimed it was “on the verge” of solving the mystery behind the attempted sabotage. “We know the exact time and place where the mischief took place,” Maria said.
“Once we find the persons responsible, we will know the motive too... We are pretty confident of a breakthrough soon.” Asked if it could have been Ambani’s business rivals, Maria said, “It’s not proper to guess anything before we arrest the culprits.”
‘No proof of rivalry’
Home Minister Jayant Patil said there was no evidence of corporate rivalry. R-ADAG suspects business rivals to be behind the “attempt to murder”.
A complaint was sent to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who’d asked the Home Department to supervise the case. Patil told HT: “Within two days, the police will reach a conclusion.”