Senior police inspector Arun Borude, who is facing heat for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, was the head of Powai unit of the crime branch when Khwaja Yunus, a suspect in the 2002 Ghatkopar blast case, died in police custody.
Yunus was arrested by Ghatkopar unit of the crime branch for his alleged involvement in a BEST bus blast in suburban Ghatkopar on December 2, 2002.
His custody was then handed over to the Powai unit for interrogation. As Yunus was booked under the stringent Prevention of Terrorism Act, the investigation officer had to be of the level of assistant commissioner of police.
Yunus and another accused Dr Abdul Mateen were interrogated for their alleged role in the blast.
According to police, Yunus was then taken to Aurangabad for further investigation when he allegedly escaped when their jeep met with an accident near Ahmednagar.
However, Mateen claimed that Yunus died due to police torture during interrogation.
Following a petition by Yunus’ father Ayub in 2003, the Bombay High Court had handed over the probe in Yunus’ “mysterious disappearance” to the crime investigation department (CID). After his father’s death, his mother Aasiya Begum became the petitioner.
As Borude was head of the Powai unit, he was responsible for the activities in the unit, and was made an accused by the CID.
The CID had sought permission to prosecute 14 officers. However, the government had granted sanction to prosecute only four policemen — assistant police inspector Sachin Waze and constables Rajaram Nikam, Rajendra Tiwari and Sunil Desai.