The Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court rejected an incriminating report against eight suspended police officials filed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in an alleged builder frame-up case.
This comes as substantial relief for the eight officials, including IPS officer Bipin Bihari, since this rejection means the CID cannot proceed further against them, and the agency will now have to reinvestigate the case and submit a fresh report after reverifying the facts.
This also means the eight officials can apply for reinstatement into the force.
The state CID had filed a ‘B’ summary (legally considered false or malicious information) before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate, which has now been rejected.
The case dates back to February 2007, when the Juhu police arrested four men for planning to kill Rashmikant Shah outside Hotel Holiday Inn and subsequently claimed to have recovered a revolver and Rs 12.5 lakh from them.
After this, Assistant Police Inspector Jagdish Sail (one of the suspended policemen) arrested builder Rajendra Chaturvedi and a spiritual guru, Baba Udaynath, claiming they had given a contract to the four shooters to kill Shah.
Chaturvedi spent 41 days in custody before finally being released on bail.
Sail’s claims were challenged in court and the Home Department transferred the case to the state CID.
The CID had said the case was fake and that there was no need to discharge Chaturvedi since he had automatically got a clean chit.
Sail’s lawyer Shrikant Bhatt said, “Since the B report has been rejected, the CID cannot proceed further against the police officials”.
Advocate Laxman Kanal, appearing for Bihari, said while the detailed copy of the order is awaited, the court has asked the CID to verify its facts again.
Police Naik Datta Shinde, another one of the suspended officials, told Hindustan Times, “Der aiyi par durust aiyi (This has come late, but it’s good that it finally has)”.
Shinde added, “We were suspended for doing our duty, and for the past one-and-a-half-years we’ve been under suspension — now, justice has finally prevailed.”
CID chief SPS Yadav told Hindustan Times, “We have not got a copy of the order; after we do, we will scrutinise it and then decide our next course of action”.