Even as the sessions court began hearing Mohammed Ali Kader’s plea to drop the charges against him, of supplying weapons to robbers, the city police are investigating the alleged role of several of their colleagues from Yellow Gate police station in the Dubai-based businessman’s arrest.
Kader, 40, has moved court saying the police framed him, and that it was done at the behest of a business rival. He has also alleged that the police tried to extort money from him to release him from prison last year, and that he was behind bars for 40 days. The hearing began on Wednesday, and the next is on June 18.
The police inquiry, headed by additional commissioner of police (south) Naval Bajaj, against then deputy commissioner of police Quaiser Khalid and other officials from Yellow Gate police station is underway.
“As it is an in-house enquiry, it’s between the inquiry officer and the authority. Nobody has access to it,” said police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli, when asked to comment on the probe. Through the inquiry, the police are trying to ascertain the source of the weapons Kader allegedly supplied to the robbers.
It is also looking into role of Khalid, who was recently promoted and posted as additional commissioner of police (east).
The Yellow Gate police station, in an FIR registered on October 8, 2010, states it laid a trap after receiving information about a plan to rob fishermen at Bhaucha Dhakka. Around 4 pm, the police intercepted five robbers. “While three escaped, two were caught,” the FIR said, adding that one imported pistol, a country-made gun and 5 cartridges were found.
The arrested include Vasapi Mamunul Sukni alias Wasim Chikna, 20, and Parvez Ismail Surevala, 25. The charge sheet, filed on January 3, accuses Kader of supplying the weapons to Vasapi and Parvez. Kader was picked up from Kerala and arrested on October 16, 2010.
Kader said he was arrested on the behest of his rival, Yusuf Batla alias Mohammed Rafiq Ali, with whom he had had a tiff.
Khalid did not respond to calls and text messages.
‘I went through mental agony’
What circumstances led to your arrest?
I hail from Kerala, and I have an electronics goods business in Dubai. In 2000, I met Mohammed Rafiq Ali; he would buy goods from me to send to India. In 2002, his shipment was seized and he suffered a huge loss. He came back in 2003, claiming he owned my business and demanded Rs five crore. I learnt his name was Yusuf Batla and that he was a wanted accused in Mumbai. I didn’t want trouble so I paid him a lot of money.
I was in Kerala from August 2010. On October 15, the police came to my house and took me away to Mumbai. They arrested me when we reached Mumbai.
Were you told about the offence you were being booked for?
I was told I had supplied weapons to two men, but I had never seen them.
Why did you suspect that Batla was behind your arrest?
I was produced before Quaiser Khalid, then deputy commissioner of police (port), who said I should pay the money I owed to Batla.
How many days did you spend in custody?
I spent 10 days in police custody and 30 days in judicial custody.
Were you tortured?
I was never physically tortured, but it was mental agony.
What made you take up this fight?
I pay tax and enjoy the rights of a citizen. I could not allow anyone to blackmail me. It’s about my right as a citizen.