Two months after the JJ Marg police registered a first information report (FIR) in the ‘missing’ bulletproof jacket of slain Anti–Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, the probe seems to be going nowhere.
Activist Santosh Daundkar had filed a complaint on November 15 saying that Karkare was wearing the jacket when he was shot at and it went missing after his body was taken to JJ hospital for post-mortem. He had also said that the jacket was vital evidence as there were allegations that it was defective.
The Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate on December 8 directed the JJ Marg police to register the FIR and probe how and when the jacket went missing, granting time till January 30.
However, on January 30 the police sought two more months to file the report, which the court granted.
“The police will not file the report in the court as they know where is the jacket and don’t want to bring it out,” alleged Daundkar.
His lawyer, advocate Y.P. Singh, said, “The police told the court that they have got additional inputs from the crime branch and want to investigate it further.” Singh said had this jacket been found it would have exposed the sham.
Singh added that many ‘big names’ are involved in the disappearance of the jacket and there has to be an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
K.A. Patil, senior inspector of JJ Marg police station said, “This is a matter of magisterial inquiry and we are only answerable to the magistrate.”