A fresh report by Maharashtra’s new police chief has slammed the then Raigad district superintendent of police and two of his subordinates for not filing an FIR after a charred body of a woman, later found to be that of Sheen Bora, was recovered from the Raigad ravines in 2012.
The director general of police Pravin Dixit told HT that he had submitted the report last week but refused to divulge details. However, sources in the state home department said the report has recommended departmental action against the three officers.
Additional chief secretary (home) PK Bakshi had earlier told HT that he had called for a ‘remarked’ report (ie. a report recommending what action is to be taken) from Dixit as the report submitted by former DGP Sanjeev Dayal was insufficient to initiate action.
“Despite knowledge of the offence, the SP failed to register an FIR and begin a probe,” the sources said, quoting from the new report. The three officers in the dock are the then Raigad superintendent of police RD Shinde, former inspector of Pen police station Suresh Mirge and former deputy superintendent of police Suresh Chavan.
Bakshi, who was not satisfied with the ex-DGP’s report, had issued a showcause notice to Shinde, seeking his reply. Along with Shinde’s reply, Bakshi had sent the report to Dixit on November 17, asking him to conduct a departmental enquiry and conclude in no ambiguous terms whether the dereliction of duty by the police officers necessitated any departmental action.
Sources in the DG’s office said that apart from “some cosmetic work” the findings in the earlier report had been left intact.