The Bombay High Court on Friday sought an explanation from police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal as to why action had not been taken on an online complaint filed by a city-based octroi agent.
The division bench of justices AM Khanvilkar and P D Kode directed joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy to file an affidavit explaining inaction on his part on a similar complaint lodged by the octroi agent, Navin Ruparel.
Ruparel had filed the complaint – online as well as addressed to the Joint CP (Crime) in August 2009 – alleging another octroi agent, Paresh Bhanushali, had threatened to falsely implicate him in a case for possessing narcotic substances.
The bench sought an explanation from the senior police officials on this. Irked by inaction on the part of the senior officials, Justice Khanvilkar asked, “Won’t some senior officers look into the complaint? Why haven’t they taken any steps on the complaint?”
The court has given the officers time till October 17 to file their personal affidavits explaining the inaction on their part, and the matter is posted for further hearing on October 20.
According to Ponda, petitioner Navin Ruparel has exposed many scams and has been awarded by the income tax department in the past.
However, after he lodged complaints about an alleged racket involved in octroi evasion of crores of rupees, Paresh Bhanushali started lodging false criminal complaints against him.
Ponda claimed that Bhanushali had lodged two false complaints against Ruparel, and in one of those the petitioner has been exonerated by police.