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Overstaying top cops owe state lakhs

Former city top cop Dhananjay Jadhav leads the list of police officials who will now have to shell out a penalty for overstaying at official residences. Jadhav owes the government Rs 15.79 lakh for using his official apartment even after retiring in 2008.

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:21 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

Former city top cop Dhananjay Jadhav leads the list of police officials who will now have to shell out a penalty for overstaying at official residences. Jadhav owes the government Rs 15.79 lakh for using his official apartment even after retiring in 2008.

With Jadhav on the list are Inspector General of Police S P Gupta (Rs 12.21 lakh) and Additional Director General of Police Dr Satyapal Singh (Rs 7.89 lakh). Both Singh and Gupta retained their official homes in Mumbai when they were moved out. The list has been compiled by the home department.

The government has asked Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal, in its communication to him, to initiate proceedings to free up occupied homes and collect penalty for overstaying.

Dayal told HT he had issued show-cause notices last week. Others who will have to cough up penalties include DCP of Anti Narcotics Cell Sunil Paraskar (Rs 5.38 lakh), Superintendent of Police of Akola Vinaykumar Chaube (Rs 4.91lakh), Special IG of Nanded SP Yadav (Rs 4.42 lakh), DCP of Aurangabad S M Waghmare (Rs 3.36 lakh) and ACP of Chembur Prakash Khanvilkar (Rs 3.26 lakh).

Joint Police Commissioner Himanshu Roy owes the state Rs 1.76 lakh as charges for retaining the earlier home.

Roy, Chaube and Khanvilkar have, however, vacated their unauthorised official residence. Roy told HT that he had taken special leave of the government to retain his old residence when he was transferred out. “I think many police officials like me may have done what I did. I retained the house for medical reasons by agreeing to pay certain charges to the government. It’s not an offence,'” he said.

According to a 2005 government resolution, police officials are given a maximum of nine months to vacate their residences post transfers or retirement. During this period, the government collects no charge in the first three months, a nominal charge of 10 per cent of their basic salaries for the next three months and a penalty of Rs 10 per square foot, per month for the next three months.

Officials who do not vacate their residence even after transfer have to pay Rs 20 per sq foot per month as penalty.