Meph case: Marine Drive cops allege involvement of crime branch officers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2015 20:12 IST

The Marine Drive police on Tuesday alleged the involvement of crime branch police officers in the supply and distribution of banned drug Mephedrone across Maharashtra.

The police sought the custody of Dharmaraj Kalokhe, a Marine Drive police constable who was arrested for possessing 110 kg of Meph. Later, the police had recovered 12 kg of the drug from his cupboard at Marine Drive police station.

Kalokhe had, during interrogation, alleged the involvement of other police officers and named one Safao Jyotiba Mane, who is attached with the Mumbai Crime branch, the Marine Drive police claimed.

The police said they had called Mane for an interrogation, but he misguided the investigation. They are now further investigating his role in the case.

“If the complicity of the officer is found to be extensive, and there is substantial evidence, then a criminal case will be registered against him. Otherwise, a departmental enquiry will be held against the official and appropriate action will be taken,” said a senior IPS officer, requesting anonymity.

The Marine Drive Police also said Kalokhe had earlier named a Customs official, but when they checked up on the information provided, they found it to be incorrect.

Meanwhile, the police said they had issued a look-out notice against wanted accused Baby Patankar. The police claimed Kalokhe had illicit relationship with Patnakar.

Kalokhe’s advocate Naveen Chomal said Kalokhe has named several police officers involved in the case to the police. “But the police are only taking action against low-level cops like constables, leaving higher level officers untouched,” he alleged.

The sessions court, meanwhile, refused to grant further police custody of Kalokhe to Marine Drive police, as it observed that the police has exhausted the maximum period of police custody that can be granted under the law.

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