Will conduct probe in drugs case if need arises: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2015 20:06 IST

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the house on Friday he will appoint an independent officer to probe the drugs case against a constable, if the need arises.

The CM’s statement came after the opposition said they suspect senior officers with vested interests would try to dilute the case.

Questioning the Mumbai police’s move of lodging a another case in the city, Jayant Patil, NCP group leader in the Assembly said, “I have serious doubts about the intentions of senior police officers in the Mumbai police. There could be deliberate attempt to weaken the case, to safeguard the interests of the officers involved. By registering a parallel case, officers with vested interests are likely to create loopholes in the case,” he said.

Patil raised the issue in the zero hour and also alleged officials were likely to mislead the investigation.

Head constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe was arrested on March 9 after 124kg of the mephedrone drug, worth crores of rupees, was seized — partly from his locker at the Marine Drive police station and the rest from his house in a Satara village.

He was brought to Mumbai on a transit remand and produced before a magistrate on Wednesday. Kalokhe has been remanded in police custody until April 1.

In his application to the court, Kalokhe hinted at the involvement of senior police and customs officers in the drugs case and said he has been made the scapegoat to shield his seniors.

His advocate had said he is merely a pawn in the entire series.

Fadnavis, who is also the home minister, told the house he has been following all the developments in the case.

“I will personally look into the matter and keep the house informed about the developments. If the need be, I will initiate an investigation by an independent and senior officer,” he said.

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