The Oshiwara police have denied that they extort money from complainants for investigating cases.
The affidavit mentioning this, filed in the Bombay high court, comes in the wake of a petition filed by a city-based advocate claiming that the Mumbai police and the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) demands money from complainants for investigation.
An affidavit filed by senior inspector of police, Dilip Rupawate, denied the state police retains 40% of the recovered amount in the offence.
Petitioner Mahesh Kukreja’s lawyer, Pradeep Havnur, said he had lodged a complaint with the police against a doctor couple, Ajit Malusare and his wife Ashwini, who had allegedly cheated him of Rs15 lakh in 2006.
Kukreja’s petition states that he was aghast when the then assistant police inspector of Oshiwara, one Khade, said it is a norm in the Mumbai police and the EoW to get 40% of the recovered amount.
Rupawate, in his affidavit, denied these allegations and stated that the probe has been transferred between different police officials to expedite it and Khade has also been transferred to the local arms division.
The affidavit states that the police had custody of Malusare for questioning following his arrest by the EOW for cheating banks. Meanwhile, the Central Bank of India has also filed for recovery of money from Malusare in the Debt Recovery Tribunal for cheating the bank of Rs19.3 lakh.