Defending Thane police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi — who proceeded on leave four days after taking charge — home minister RR Patil, on Tuesday, said that the leave was taken owing to Raghuvanshi’s health-related issues.
“Raghuvanshi went on leave as he was not well. Now, he has come back and resumed work,” said RR Patil.
According to sources, the appointment of Raghuvanshi, who was the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), before his appointment as the Thane police chief was criticised by some sections.
A prominent Urdu daily had claimed that his appointment has added salt to the injuries of the Muslim community. According to them, as the ATS chief, Raghuvanshi had wrongly framed several Muslim youth in terror cases including the Malegaon blast case.
RR Patil, however, rubbished the claims as untrue. “Many officers are termed as anti-Muslim or even anti-Hindu. But that should not matter. His work will speak,” Patil said.
Raghuvanshi took charge on last Monday after which he went on leave on Saturday.
On the same day, senior police officer and head of the highway police Arup Patnaik was given the additional charge following which he went to Mumbra to take stock of the situation.