The Powai police have recovered crucial papers belonging to the investigation of a highly sensitive case during the probe into the rape of a minor girl.
Sources at the Powai police station told Hindustan Times on Friday that the papers were related to a case that had been registered subsequent to the 2002 Gujarat riots. The case was investigated by dismissed senior police inspector Arun Borude when he was posted with the Unit 10 crime branch at Powai.
The papers, sources said were initially kept at flat no A 404 at Emerald Court building where Borude had allegedly raped the girl on multiple occasions. The papers, along with other articles, had allegedly been removed from the flat after the case was registered with the police on November 2.
While questioning the watchman of the building, the police learnt that Borude had allegedly broken the seal of the flat (which is under litigation) and shifted a few articles to a flat in another wing (C 102) and subsequently moved them outside the building premises. The police came across the registration number of the tempo that had been used to remove the articles. The owner of the tempo told the police that the articles had been stored at different places, one of those being a garage in Vile Parle (East).
During a search of the garage, the police recovered several articles, including the papers which were hidden in a tin box.
Inspector Ashok Jadhav of Powai police station confirmed that “old case papers” had been recovered. He, however, refused to comment saying: “Please ask my seniors about it.”
Prakash Mutial, deputy commissioner of police, zone 10, said: “Old papers belonging to some of his (Borude’s) past investigation (of a case) were found from the garage at Vile Parle. I have not gone through them since they are not related to the investigation of the present case.”
He said the papers had been sealed and were kept in the custody of the Powai police.