Arrested Jammu & Kashmir cadre IPS officer Saji Mohan (41) not only pilfered consignments of narcotics during his posting with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at Chandigarh but even diverted cash recovered from drug peddlers to his personal account, the police said.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which arrested Mohan on Sunday and recovered 39 kg of high-grade heroin from him, has learnt that in December 2008, Mohan diverted Rs 13 lakh recovered during a seizure and debited the money to his personal account.
The cash was part of the case property.
ATS officials said he splurged on women and lived a high life despite being a salaried employee. DIG, ATS, Paramvir Singh said during Mohan’s posting in Doda, J&K, locals had staged agitations against his wrong-doings.
Singh said Mohan’s contraband consignment is suspected to be part of an unaccounted quantity of (heroin) seizures made by the Border Security Force in 2007.
Meanwhile, Singh said the involvement of some lower-rung officials from the Chandigarh NCB appeared likely in Mohan’s drug ring.
Suspicion of his involvement in an inter-state drug cartel had surfaced following the arrest of Rakesh Khatariya (36), a former Haryana police constable, on January 17.