Mumbai commissioner of police Arup Patnaik has a new task at hand — to get all police officers to furnish details of mobile phones used by them.
While asking Patnaik to issue an order to the effect, a division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi asked the commissioner to take action in case officers fail to provide mobile numbers used by them.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Santacruz-based businessman Aminuddin Saeed, seeking action against assistant police inspector Balasaheb Khade, after Saeed brought forward a recorded conversation between him and the officer seeking financial favours to settle a rape case.
Saeed had also submitted a tape recording of the bribery demand. The tape is with the Forensics Science Laboratory (FSL) for voice verification. The police claimed that Khade, who owned two mobile phones, had made the call to Saeed from someone else's phone.
Noting that an API was using more than one mobile phone, justice Marlapalle remarked: “Why does an assistant sub inspector need two phones? What is happening with the Mumbai police? At one point in time, Mumbai police were number one in the world.”
The court then asked the CP to issue order to all police officers to furnish details of their mobile numbers.
Justice Marlapalle remarked: “If any officer is found using a phone, the details of which has not been provided earlier then he should face action.”
According to Saeed’s petition, in February 2010, his friend Umesh Reshamwala, sought his help as he was being threatened by a woman to charge him with rape if he
did not buy her a house and a car. However, Saeed said that when he approached the police on Reshamwala's behalf, Khade allegedly demanded R2 lakh from him.