Former senior inspector Arun Borude, accused of raping a 15-year-old, had been on the lookout for a housemaid for his residence at Emerald Court when he got in touch with Shanta Gaikwad earlier this year, said a senior police officer.
The officer added, "In January, Borude had told one of his aides, Ravindra Patil, that he needed a maid for domestic work. Patil in turn asked an acquaintance, Saloni, to look for one."
"Saloni approached Gaikwad asking her to work at Borude's residence and gave her his number. Gaikwad called up Borude and fixed an appointment. Gaikwad was already tied up as she was working in several houses in the area, so she promised to arrange for another maid. We suspect Gaikwad intended to get the 15-year-old employed there. But, we do not know what happened after that. Our investigations show that neither Saloni nor Patil knew about the goings on that followed," the officer added.
When questioned, if any more victims suspected of being pushed into the flesh trade had come forward, senior police inspector of Powai Ashok Jadhav, said, "As of now no one has approached us with any further complaints."
Arun Borude was dismissed from the post of senior police inspector of LT Marg police station, on Wednesday, under Article 311 of the Constitution on grounds of immoral conduct after he was accused of raping the 15-year-old from Filterpada area of Powai.