In what could spell more trouble for encounter specialist Ravindra Angre, the state has approached the Bombay High Court seeking to remove the stay on the probe in a 2005 atrocities case against the suspended assistant commissioner of police.
In September 2005, Thane civic engineer Sunil Jadhav filed a case alleging that when he was riding his bike along with his friend Harish Bhoir, Angre stopped him, made casteist remarks and threatened him with his pistol.
But Jadhav lodged a complaint with the Naupada police station in Thane under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, after eight days.
As the case was against a police officer, the probe was transferred to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in October 2005.
After a week, a metropolitan magistrate granted anticipatory bail to Angre and observed that no case was made under the atrocities Act as the witness [Bhoir] had written to the police commissioner saying no such incident had taken place.
The CID sought an extension of another 30 days, which was granted. But when the CID asked for a second extension, the magistrate directed them to complete the probe by November 9, 2005.
In February 2006, Angre approached the HC seeking quashing of the FIR against him, said his lawyer, Sayaji Nangre. On September 25, 2007, the HC stayed the proceedings against him.
But in July 2009, the CID approached the HC seeking that the stay on the investigation be removed so that they can investigate the matter.
Nangre opposed the application stating that they cannot investigate further as the time has lapsed as contemplated under the Atrocities Act.
Moreover, two other witnesses, Naresh Konda and Anand Sonawane, also wrote to the police commissioner saying they haven’t witnessed any such incident, added Nangre.
The matter will be heard next week.