A Dadar-based businessman alleged that an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) has connived with three developers of the SRA scheme and got him booked in a false case.
Vinod Jain (41), who runs a plumbing material and hardware business, has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, alleging that ACP (Dadar division) Madhukar Sankhe misused his post and position to support three developers — Pradeep Chopda, Jayesh Gala and Nandkishor S. Naik.
Sankhe refuted the allegations, saying that it is a dispute between tenant and developer. “Jain's uncle owned a shop in the building which is being redeveloped. Now, he (Jain) is trying to use the police to pressurise the developer in giving him tenement in the redeveloped building," said Sankhe.
Jalanwadi, where Jain owns a shop and a room, and another plot behind it, Ramshyam plot, were declared slums under the provisions of the Maharashtra Slum Area Act, 1971. JR Properties, where Pradeep Chopda and Jayesh Gala are partners, was appointed developer for Jalanwadi.
Whereas Chaitanya Developer, where Pradeep Chopda and Nandkishor S. Naik are partners, was appointed developer for Ramshyam.
Jain opposed the development of plots by these developers alleging that they had "prepared bogus and forged papers such as ration card, electricity bills, affidavits and shop and establishment licence on the names of various persons," says his petition. Based on these forged documents, about 100 people were declared eligible for rehabilitation, alleges his petition.
In May 2008, Jain tried to lodge a complaint with the Dadar police station, where Sankhe was the senior police inspector. Sankhe asked the developers to lodge a false complaint against him, his petition alleges. On June 9, 2008, Jain was told that Pradeep Chopda had lodged a case of extortion against him.
Sankhe even got a false case of extortion registered against him in Bihar, alleges Jain's petition.
A Bihar court issued non-bailable warrant against Jain. The Bihar police arrested him with the help of Dadar police. Sankhe said that as the allegations were related to the alleged scam under the SRA scheme, he had asked Jain to approach the high-power committee, which scrutinises such allegations. Last week, a division bench of Justices AM Khanvilkar and UD Salvi directed the state to file their reply within four weeks.