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Maharashtra govt flip-flops on Maria's role in Sheena case probe

india Updated: Sep 17, 2015 14:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

File photo of Mumbai's former police commissioner Rakesh Maria. (HT file photo)

The Maharashtra government has not taken any decision yet about the role of former Mumbai commissioner of police Rakesh Maria in the Sheena Bora murder probe and has also sought a status report, sources said on Thursday.

Last week, the state government had hastily removed Maria as the Mumbai Police chief and promoted him as the director general of police (home guards) but said he could monitor the case. However, sources in the police department said Maria is not keen to continue with the investigation after his abrupt promotion and transfer.

According to sources, the state home department has asked the director general of police (Maharashtra) Sanjeev Dayal to review the murder case and could ask Maria to supervise the probe if it thinks that his expertise is needed.

Dayal told HT on Thursday he had received a letter from the home department and would be speaking to Mumbai Police chief Ahmed Javed and send a review of the Bora case soon.

Additional chief secretary (home) KP Bakshi was not available for comment.

Maria was personally interrogating all the three accused and briefing the media about developments in the murder case which came to light after Shyamwar Rai, the driver of former media honcho Indrani Mukerjea, was arrested by Khar Police.

Police said that TV baron Peter Mukerjea's wife Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and Rai had strangulated Sheena and later disposed off her body in a thickly forested area in Gagode village of Raigad district. Indrani was arrested last month for her alleged role in her daughter's murder.

All the accused are currently in jail and police are completing paperwork for the chargesheet which has to be filed within 90 days.