The state government on Wednesday asked Rakesh Maria, now director general of police (home guards), to monitor the Sheena Bora murder case even as sources in the police said Maria himself was not keen to continue with the investigation after his abrupt transfer on Tuesday.
Minister of state for home Ram Shinde said that an official communication was sent to Maria regarding his supervisory role in the Sheena Bora murder investigation. Asked if the officers conducting the investigation will report to new police commissioner Ahmad Javed or to Maria, Shinde said, “For this particular case, the investigation officers will report to Rakesh Maria only as he has been asked to supervise the probe.”
Soon after Maria was shunted out from the post of commissioner of police, Mumbai, there was a massive uproar as the Sheena murder case investigation – which he was supervising – was underway. The state government then reversed its stand and said that Maria could continue to head the investigation.
However, Maria claimed he had not received any formal orders stating the same.
Initially, home department officials had maintained that there was no provision for formal orders, but the orders were issued on Wednesday.
A section of officials from the department said that the decision itself was an example of ‘impropriety’ and there was no provision of asking any officer to perform the duty which is not the part of his mandate.
Maria has refused to comment on his transfer and the Sheena murder case.
The home department may face flak for not following norms while promoting Maria. The meeting of the police establishment board, which is mandatory, was not held while promoting Maria. According to the sources in home department this could be troublesome if challenged in the court.
(With inputs from PTI)
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