The case of the alleged illegal shopping complexes Sara Sahara may be over in the trial court with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar’s aquittal, but trouble is brewing for three civic officials.
Ward officer Rajendra Vale, executive engineer Devkanth Kurmi and assistant executive engineer DG Tambulwadkar are under scanner for their alleged involvement in the construction of Sara-Sahara at the behest of Dawood.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the police commissioner to decide if case is made out against the three officials under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
The division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Roshan Dalvi asked the police chief to take the decision by December 15 based on the observations made by then investigating officer Shankar Kamble, who had sought permission to arrest Vale.
“Closing of the case has resulted in miscarriage of justice,” observed the bench.
In 2003, Kamble had sought permission to arrest Vale and was supported by public prosecutor and joint deputy commissioner of police. But then joint commissioner of police did not forward the file to then commissioner of police to sanction the arrest.
If the police commissioner gives permission then trial would be conducted against the three civic officials.
The HC order came after a petition filed by former Chhota Shakeel aide Ketan Tirodkar alleged that there was police-underworld nexus and Kamble was forced to go slow on the investigation by his seniors.
On June 13, 2007, the MCOCA court convicted only three of the nine accused — Tariq Parveen, Abdul Rehman Abdul Gafoor Sheikh alias Rehman Boss and Abdul Sattar Haji Jinabhai Radhanpura alias Sattar Teli.
Ibrahim Kaskar, builder Ghulam Tanwar and civic officers Kiran Achrekar, Hasmukh Shah, Narendra Rajbhar and Shirish Salvekar were acquitted for lack of evidence.