The much awaited report by former SP of Raigad, Raosaheb Shinde, on the allegations that he had instructed inspector Suresh Mirge of Pen police station not to register an offence following the discovery of some skeletal remains, believed to be that of Sheena Bora, near Gogade Khurd village in May 2012, has been submitted to the Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal. Shinde confirmed to HT that he had submitted the report to Dayal.
“My remarks have been given to the DGP,” said Shinde, who is presently posted as additional commissioner of police, Central region. He, however, declined to reveal if his report contained specific answers on why he prevented Mirge from acting on the case, “I cannot speak on the subject,” Shinde said.
Sources from the state police headquarters at Colaba told HT that Shinde had submitted his remarks, which are in the form of a report, to Dayal – four days after the superintendent of police (SP) Raigad, Suvez Haq, submitted a report on the alleged police lapses, early last week.
In his report, Haq had implicated PI Mirge and the then DySP Suresh Chavan for having failed in their duty by not registering an offence (or accidental death report) even after discovering partially burnt human skeletal remains inside a charred bag. Haq’s report contained statements of PI Mirge saying he had not registered an FIR only because Shinde had instructed him not to.
Dayal did not reply to text messages asking if he had acted on Shinde’s remarks.
Haq’s report, on an inquiry ordered by Dayal on May 28, had found both Mirge and Chavan guilty of ‘failing to discharge their duty’.
However, it could not ascertain the veracity of Mirge’s allegations that Shinde had prevented him from registering an FIR, as the scope of the inquiry was limited to officers of the rank of DySP.
So, the report suggested that the decision to investigate Shinde be taken by the DGP. Dayal on his part had asked for an explanation from Shinde on the allegations.
Last week, Dayal had refused to take questions on the alleged police lapses or any aspect of the Sheena murder probe.