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No HC relief for dismissed cop

mumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2010 01:04 IST
HT Correspondent

Dismissed senior police inspector Arun Borude, who is absconding after being accused of raping a minor, failed to get reprieve from the Bombay high court on Monday after justice RC Chavan rejected his anticipatory bail application.

“Conduct of keeping away from investigation which led to the stage of his dismissal creates glaring suspicion against the applicant [Borude].. hence he would not be entitled to anticipatory bail,” observed justice Chavan while rejecting the anticipatory bail application.

Chavan further observed: “A police officer involved in rape of a minor should not be running away form law rather than believe in his peers to unearth the truth.”

A 15-year-old victim had lodged a complaint on October 21 at Powai police station alleging that more than three persons had raped her on several occasions. Arrested accused Shanta Gaikwad, who allegedly induced the minor to indulge in sexual acts, named Borude.

Borude’s counsel Ashok Mundargi and advocates Vaibhav Bagade and Naveen Chomal argued that he was willing to face the investigation provided the case was transferred to an independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation. “He is not in a position to believe that his colleagues will act fairly,” said Mundargi.

Mundargi asked how was it possible for Borude to conduct immoral activities, as alleged by police, in a flat adjoining to where his family was residing.

According to the police, Borude raped the minor girl in flat A-404 of Emerald Co-Operative Housing Society in Andheri (East). Borude resides in flat A-403 of the same building with his mother, wife and daughter.

Special public prosecutor Niteen Pradhan and prosecutors Sangeeta Shinde and Rajeshree Newton argued that Gaikwad said that the girl was called at 5am or during odd hours of the day. “Being a policeman, he knows how police mind works. It is a chase and we will catch him,” said Pradhan while opposing his anticipatory bail application. “Giving him protection will hamper investigation.”