The police have recovered papers that dismissed police inspector Arun Borude had stored in a flat where he had allegedly raped a minor.
Police sources said that the papers might shed light on his role in another high-profile case, the alleged custodial murder of Khwaja Yunus, a suspect in the 2002 Ghatkopar bomb blasts.
They said these papers contained information about the day-to-day investigation of the Yunus case; daily entries from the Powai crime branch lock-up, where Yunus’s family and the state government have alleged he was tortured before the police moved him to the Ghatkopar lock-up; and details of related court cases.
“We will go through the papers properly as they appear sensitive,” said Rajnish Seth, the joint commissioner of police for law and order, but declined to provide more details.
On Saturday, the Hindustan Times had reported that the papers belonged to a highly sensitive case registered after the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Borude, who is absconding, had caught the state crime investigation department’s attention when it was probing the Yunus case.
Borude was investigating the case when he headed the Powai unit of the crime branch.
Borude had initially kept the papers in flat A 404 at Emrald Court building, where he allegedly raped the girl several times, sources said. But later he shifted its contents to another wing and then out of the building altogether.
The police came across the registration number of the tempo Borude had used, and on questioning its owner, found that Borude had moved the articles to different places, including a garage at Vile Parle (East). The police recovered several articles from there, including the papers, which had been kept in a tin box.
They have sealed the box, which is in the custody of the Powai police.