Deputy commissioner of police (Government Railway Police) Ashok Deshbhratar, who was suspended on March 22 for allegedly making a CD of the interrogation of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan in a fake passport case in 2008, has alleged that retired director-general of police (DGP) D Sivanandhan leaked the CD through former assistant police inspector Sachin Waze.
Waze is facing trial for his alleged role in the custodial death of Khwaja Yunus, who was arrested in connection with a bomb blast at Ghatkopar on December 2, 2002. Waze denied any knowledge of the CD. "I resigned even before Sivanandhan was appointed Thane commissioner [much before he was appointed DGP]," said Waze. "If there was an inquiry based on the letter, I have not been contacted for it. I would have been contacted if there was even prima facie truth in the letter." Sivanandhan told Hindustan Times: "I have retired and have nothing to do with this. Don't chase me, let me rest peacefully."
The CD shows Khan boasting of links with top Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and describing how the decision to appoint Hasan Gafoor as Mumbai police commissioner was taken at a suburban five-star hotel.
The government ordered a Crime Investigation Department (CID) probe after the CD was leaked.
Deshbhratar submitted a written statement to the CID, sending the same in the form of a letter to home minister
RR Patil on April 19, 2010. Hindustan Times has a copy of this statement.
According to the five-page letter in Marathi, Sivanandhan wanted to settle a personal score with Deshbhratar and prevent Gafoor from becoming DGP.
During the Bhiwandi riots in July 2006, Sivanandhan was Thane police commissioner when a mob lynched two constables, Ramesh Jagtap and Balu Gangurde. At the time Deshbhratar was deputy commissioner of police, Special Branch.
Deshbhratar took charge of the situation, but he and 13 other officers were injured.
Deshbhratar wrote that Sivanandhan, holding him responsible for the constables' deaths, appointed him to the Special Branch's Economic Wing, a less prestigious posting.
Deshbhratar then approached the Central Administrative Tribunal and the high court against this transfer.
According to his letter, the CD was leaked when Deshbhratar was due for promotion in 2009.
Deshbhratar claimed the CD was made by Khan's caretaker, who was present in the room at Worli police station where the interrogation was on, or policemen bribed by Khan. The caretaker was allowed in the room because Khan was suffering from various ailments.
The CID found that the CD was leaked to malign images of Congress and NCP leaders. Based on the report, Deshbhratar was again suspended on March 22.