The Bombay High Court on Monday transferred the case of a medical professional from the Kolhapur police to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) two years after he went missing.
Dr Rajesh Venkateshwara’s mother, Atluri Padma Venkateshwara, filed a petition following which the probe was transferred. She has alleged that the Kolhapur police have made no progress over the last two years to trace her son who disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
Her counsel, advocate Shirish Gupte said the police did not use obvious means like tracing last telephone calls from his mobile phone for clues to trace him.
He alleged Rajesh went missing after he went to Ahmedabad on an invitation from his girlfriend’s family members. Gupte said nobody knows the whereabouts of the 24-year-old medical professional. “It is not even clear, whether he is alive,” the senior lawyer said.
The division bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and AP Bhangale directed the CID to take over the case specifically saying that an officer not below the rank of superintendent of police should handle the case.
Investigations revealed, Rajesh was allegedly having an affair with a girl and was upset about their families discovering it. Yashasvi Yadav, superintendent of police, Kolhapur, suspected the family members of the girl may have a hand in Rajesh’s disappearance.
Yadav’s affidavit, in reply to the petition states the police interrogated 51 people and registered offences against nine individuals. He defended the efforts made by Kolhapur police as thorough.
Yadav, in his affidavit, quoted Venkateshwara saying she suspected the girl’s family had a hand in her son’s disappearance because of an alleged affair between her son and the girl, Jigar Patel.
Shahupuri police at Kolhapur first registered an offence in connection with Rajesh’s disappearance. In 2009, the case was transferred to the local crime branch in Kolhapur.