The sessions court on Friday reserved its order on senior police inspector Arun Borude’s anticipatory bail application till November 22 and vacated the protection it had granted him against arrest.
Borude has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and has been evading the police.
Principal Judge ML Tahilyani heard Borude’s anticipatory bail application, but not before major drama unfolded in the court.
The police, suspecting that Borude would make an appearance, put up a dragnet around the court in order to arrest him. Earlier in the day, the court had granted Borude protection against arrest till 2.30pm after his lawyer Vaibhav Bagade said that the former officer was staying away because of the heavy police deployment in the area.
After public prosecutor RV Kini insisted on Borude’s presence, Bagade said the former senior inspector was in Mumbai and would present himself if granted protection against arrest. The court accepted, but Borude failed to turn up during the post-lunch session.
Judge Tahilyani then told Bagade that he would proceed with the hearing. He insisted that Bagade, when asked for facts, not stall by saying he would need to check with his client.
Bagade argued that Borude’ family lives in the flat adjoining the one where the girl alleged she was raped so there was no way he could have committed the act without alerting them.
Bagade said the unusually high number of calls — 239 — made from another accused Shanta Gaikwad’s phone number to Borude’s was because she was an informer.
The lawyer said Borude was ready to cooperate with any inquiry and also to give his DNA samples to the police.
The prosecution said a police team had visited the flat and found it locked. They discovered it had been sealed. Later, when the police team procured an order from the court receiver and revisited the flat, they found that the lock had been changed and that the furniture had been removed.
The incident had come to light after Powai police arrested Gaikwad, 40, a housemaid from the Powai area on November 2. The family members of the victim had registered a complaint against Gaikwad after finding out that the victim was four months pregnant.
The former senior police officer was named as an accused in the case as per details of call records, as well as the identification of the flat in the Kondivita area of Andheri (East) where the 15-year-old victim was allegedly raped.