Former director general of police, A.N. Roy, was asked to explain “a contemptuous act” by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday. The court was hearing a land-grabbing case involving Shiv Sena and Congress corporators from Pune.
Roy is alleged to have acted in a manner that would favour a junior police officer in Pune.
On December 29, 2008, Pune resident Rajeev Prabhu was beaten up by 60-70 goons, allegedly hired by Congress corporator Deepak Mankar and his brother Shivaji Mankar, a Sena corporator.
In the petition filed by Prabhu, he said he was attacked to force him out of the building he was staying in, a building allegedly bought by Mankar. Despite the fact that Shivaji Nagar police station was just 100 ft away, the uproar outside the building continued for more than two days.
In this connection, Roy had filed a report before the High Court in March 2010 stating that police inspector Rahul Yeole from Shivaji Nagar police station would be suspended pending departmental enquiry.
Yeole, accordingly, was suspended on March 4. But the suspension was set aside by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) on the ground that an additional director general of police who had signed the suspension order was not empowered to do so. MAT chairman Justice S. Radhakrishnan stated that despite repeated directions, Roy’s office and the state government had failed to take corrective steps to notify and empower certain police officers to sign suspension orders.
The HC said Roy was aware that the additional director general of police was not empowered to sign the order and that it was done to enable Yeole to get his suspension revoked.
“It is apparent the report was only an eyewash, and willingly inappropriate steps were taken against the officer. It seems it was all farce,” the court observed.
“We know Roy has retired but he was the head of the state police force and this is nothing short of a contemptuous act,” the court said while directing Roy to file an affidavit within four weeks explaining his action.
The court ordered the Pune police to include Yeole and his subordinate Sandip Ghorpade as accused in the land-grabbing case.