The “inconclusive and ambivalent” report submitted by the former director general of police (DGP), Sanjeev Dayal, was insufficient to initiate action against policemen from Raigad, who botched up the probe into the Sheena Bora murder case, said KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary (home).
“The report was confusing, not clearly spelling out the fault [of the policemen] or the line of action recommended against those found erring. Instead, it left everything to the home department,” Bakshi told HT, adding, “Why can’t they draw a conclusion of their own probe, instead of leaving everything to us?”
Dayal had, on the day of his retirement (September 30), submitted a three-page report to the home department on the alleged inaction of the Pen police from Raigad district, who failed to register an FIR or accidental death report (ADR) after the discovery of charred remains of a body near Gogade village in May 2012. The skeletal remains are believed to be of Sheena Bora.
Bakshi, meanwhile, said after receiving the DGP’s “confusing” probe report, he issued a showcause notice to former SP Raigad RD Shinde. “Shinde has submitted his reply,” he said.
When asked if he was satisfied with Shinde’s reply, Bakshi, without revealing the contents of the reply, said, “Shinde will naturally say he is not at fault. It does not matter. I have sent it to the DGP [Pravin Dixit] to help him draw a conclusion for the report which he will submit.” He said although no time-frame has been fixed for the submission of the DGP’s report, “it is expected within 8-10 days”.
Spelling out the outlines of the fresh report, which Dixit has been asked to submit, Bakshi said, “I have asked him to submit a clear report…It should take into account the inquiry report submitted by the [current] SP, Raigad, Suvez Haq, the station diary entry made by the officer/s after discovering the body and the call data record (CDR) of the officers concerned with the probe. It should also include Shinde’s earlier clarification,” he said. The station diary entry and the CDR hold key to fixing the responsibility on the officials, Bakshi said.
“The DGP’s report should not only establish the type of error committed by the official/s, but should spell out the consequent action it invites,” Bakshi said. When asked if action for criminal negligence would be initiated against the official/s found guilty after getting the fresh report, Bakshi said, “It will be departmental action for now.”
In the second week of September, Haq had submitted his report, a copy of which is with HT, implicating police inspector Suresh Mirge of Pen police station and former deputy superintendent of police, Raigad, Suresh Chavan, for failing in their duty by not registering an offence or accidental death report even after discovering partially burnt human skeletal remains inside a charred bag.
Haq’s report contained the statements of Mirge, who said he had not registered an FIR only because Shinde instructed him not to do so. However, it could not ascertain the veracity of Mirge’s allegation, as the scope of the inquiry was limited to officials of the rank of deputy SP. The decision to probe Shinde should be taken by the DGP, the report suggested.
DGP Dayal had then asked for an explanation from Shinde, who refuted the allegations, saying he had never given such an instruction.