Sanjay Banerjee was a punctual officer who never kept work pending, according to a senior IPS official under whom he worked as a deputy commissioner of police (DCP).
"I do not speak about the personal matters. It only matters that they work diligently," the official said adding that Banerjee would always ensure that his table had no unfinished files.
Colleagues and seniors of the late policeman described Banerjee as a "professional" who took his work seriously. Banerjee was posted in the technical cell of the ATS and was in charge of the sensitive data-monitoring cell. Data monitoring and cell phone interception play key role in the probe and surveillance of terror-related issues.
While it is true that he not got a salary in the past eight month, this was just a "technical issue", and was definitely not something that would drive Banerjee to take his life, officials from his office said. This, they added, is because he was a senior officer and had saved enough to run his family expenses for that duration. Moreover, he would have got the arrears anyway and his family had not complained of a financial crisis.
During his posting in the city, former top cop Julio Rebeiro had written as a letter to the home minister, alleging corrupt practices by Banerjee.
A 1995-batch Maharashtra public service commission (MPSC) officer, Banerjee had worked as a DCP (zone 11), a commandant in the state reserve police force (SRPF), deputy director of a police training school in Nashik, ACP in Ulhasnagar, ACP traffic in Thane city among other positions.