Are there similarities between the Salil Chaturvedi case and the Rajendra Chaturvedi case?
Salil Chaturvedi was acquitted of charges of possession of cocaine. He alleged that he had been framed and CID is conducting an inquiry.
Rajendra was arrested in March 2007 by the Juhu police on attempt to murder charges. He said that he was framed by the policemen, an allegation that was confirmed by a CID inquiry.
In both cases, the office of additional commissioner of police, West region, faced the allegations.
Salil’s case was investigated by the then senior police inspector Madhukar Ghatade, Investigating Officer Subhash Kenjale and constable Ashok Kamble of Santacruz Airport police station. The HC directed an CID inquiry against the three.
On September 2, 2009, Kamble told CID that he had been given cocaine by Kenjale at Salil’s house which they later showed as recovery from his (Salil’s) residence. A fortnight later he said that his statement was recorded under pressure.
Kenjale had written to the Additional Secretary (Home) complaining about the CID chief S P S Yadav. The government then directed Anti-Terrorism Squad chief K P Raghuvanshi to supervise the investigation.
Rajendra was arrested for allegedly planning the murder of rival builder Rashmikant Shah. While Juhu police claimed that Rajendra had hired four shooters to kill Shah, Rajendra alleged that the policemen had framed him. A subsequent CID inquiry found Rajendra’s allegations to be true. The findings led to the suspension of several policemen including the then Additional Commissioner of police Bipin Bihari and Senior Police Inspector Juhu police station, Pradeep Shinde. All policemen were later reinstated, except Bihari, for lack of evidence.
When asked if such cases were a witch-hunt exercise, former Mumbai commissioner of police M N Singh said: “In the previous matter, there seemed to be a motive. Both builders were fighting over a piece of land. In the current case, there is no apparent reason why Salil would have been framed.”
Former IPS officer, Y P Singh said “Courts act on the basis of evidence presented, so there is no question of witch hunting.”