Suspended assistant police inspector Ravindra Angre, who was charged with extortion and assault, was acquitted by the judicial magistrate first class of the Thane sessions court on Wednesday for lack of evidence.
“In September 2007, Thane-based builders Ganesh and Mahesh Wagh had filed a case of extortion and assault against Angre at the Naupada police station,” said Angre's advocate Anil Kanade.
“I have been saying from the start that I am innocent and that it was a false case. Now, all I want to do is join the force again,” said Angre.
The encounter specialist was arrested on February 22, 2008, after Ganesh had accused Angre of threatening him at gunpoint and forcing him to transfer shares in his wife’s name. Ganesh also claimed that Angre, along with three unidentified men, had made him sign on blank papers and had taken his Scorpio and Santro. Subsequently, Angre was suspended from service.
He spent 14 months behind bars and was released from the Thane Central jail on May 6, 2009, after the Supreme Court granted him bail.
But the ordeal is not yet over for Angre. There is one more case pending against him. Mahesh had accused Angre of firing at him in June 2010. Angre claims that this case, too, is a false one.
An officer of the 1983 IPS batch, Angre has gunned down 54 gangsters, including Dombivli gangster Suresh Manchekar in 2003. Angre was with the Thane anti-extortion cell then.