Unhappy with the way the police investigated a demolition case filed by a Khar resident, the Bombay High Court on Thursday transferred the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The court had earlier issued notice to Baba Siddiqui, Minister of State for Labour and Food and Civil Supplies, for allegedly pressurising police to go slow in a police compliant for demolition, based on the petitioners prayer.
A division bench of Justice SB Mhase and Justice SR Sathe expressed that the court intends to monitor the investigation and directed the CBI to submit status report of investigation in four weeks.
A Khar resident, Lalchand Soni had lodged a compliant with Khar police station alleging that his neighbour, Gopal Sharma, demolished part of his flat last year by sending persons in the guise of BMC persons. However, the police was not taking any action against the accused despite repeated reminders. According to Soni’s lawyer, Sanjeev Sawant, Siddiqui was pressurising the police to go slow on the investigation.
Siddiqui’s counsel argued that he was falsely being dragged in the case when he does not even know either of the parties.
Counsel for Soni, Ram Apte told the court that there were 26 flats in the building and majority of them had enclosed their balcony like Soni had and yet only his flat was targeted.
On June 28, 2005, Sharma along with his sons and with help of some unknown persons damaged Soni’s flat on the third floor of On Satnam Cooperative Housing Society in Khar west, alleges his petition.
Soni further alleges that once again in last September, roof and balconies of the flat were extensively damaged by Sharma and also committed theft of articles amounting to Rs 2 lakh.
Information sought from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the Right to Information Act, stated that the demolition was not carried out by the Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the H-West ward on June 6, 2005.
Soni then approached the HC seeking that the investigation be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department as the local police is influenced by Sharma with his political connections.
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