Four senior police officers have come under the scanner for their alleged participation in a Christmas eve party at a club in Chembur, allegedly hosted by members of Chhota Rajan gang.
Additional commissioner of police, crime, Deven Bharati told Hindustan Times on Friday, that the four officers were: Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), SB-I — V N Salve, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chembur division — Prakash Wani, an officer from outside Mumbai (name not disclosed) and Senior inspector of Police, Chembur police station — R S Kankale.
An inquiry has been ordered to into the matter.
When asked what action could be taken, if the officers were nailed in the inquiry, Bharati said, “Let the inquiry be over, the action would follow only afterwards.”
As per reports, the party had been organised allegedly to celebrate the release of some Chhota Rajan hitmen, including DK Rao.
Rao, a small time robber who became the number one confidante of Rajan, was released in October 2009 after 13 years.
The gang of 14 at the party also included Farid Tanasha and Sunil Poddar, who once featured on the list of top 10 wanted criminals by the Mumbai police.
Crime branch sources claimed that the process of recording the statement of the ‘marked’ officers had already begun and the Mumbai police administration was likely to initiate harsh punitive action if the officers were nailed in the inquiry.
The police commissioner was personally monitoring the inquiry, sources added.
None of the officers who were allegedly present at the party could be contacted despite repeated attempts.