In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Mumbai police, a newly promoted officer — of the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG) — has come under the scanner for allegedly framing a man on charges of supplying arms.
Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police, is facing a probe after Mohammed Ali Kadar shot off letters to state home minister RR Patil, state director general of police, Mumbai police commissioner and the Anti-Terrorism Squad chief alleging that he was framed by Khalid at the behest of his rival, said police sources.
Officials said Naval Bajaj, additional commissioner of police (south), is heading the probe team.
Kadar hails from Kerala and is based in Dubai where he has an electronic goods business. He has alleged that another Dubai resident with whom he has a dispute took Khalid’s help to frame him.
Kadar was charged with supplying arms, and a first information report (FIR) was registered at the Yellow Gate police station between August and October 2010, when Khalid was the deputy commissioner of police (port zone).
Subsequently, Kadar was brought to Mumbai from Kerala and imprisoned. He was granted bail late last year after which he sought action against Khalid and police officials at Yellow Gate.
The police are now trying to determine the source of the weapons that were allegedly planted on Kadar.
Officials said Khalid’s role is being investigated after a junior officer told the probe team that “he was forced by Khalid to register the case”.
Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police (crime) and acting police spokesperson, refused to comment. “I am a junior officer and I can’t comment on this,” he said.
Police commissioner Arup Patnaik and joint commissioner of police (law and order) Rajnish Seth did not respond to SMS queries, while probe team chief Bajaj remained available.
Khalid said he did not remember the case. “Such cases keep happening. I am not aware if there is any inquiry going on against me,” he said, rubbishing the allegation.