Court calls for records of agency's secret service funds
The state government has been directed to produce records of the state crime investigation department’s (CID) secret service fund when Jayant Umranikar was heading the investigating agency in 2006.
A division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi asked public prosecutor Pandurang Pol to produce the records by February 4. “If funds were taken and then reimbursed, then there must be some record,” said justice Marlapalle.
In August 2009, the Citizens Organisation for Public Opinion had filed a public interest litigation claiming that the anti-corruption bureau had taken no action against Umranikar for alleged misappropriation of funds despite the NGO’s complaint.
In 2006, Umranikar, then CID chief, had withdrawn money from the secret service fund to book air tickets for him, his wife and daughter from Pune to Delhi and back. He had later reimbursed the money.
Pune-based travel agent, Sanjay Randive, a suspect in a fake passport scam that the CID was probing, had booked the tickets. He had alleged that he was forced to provide free tickets to Umranikar in return for facilitating his [Randive’s] bail. He and another agent, Thomas Tavares, had lodged a complaint against Umranikar.
In 2008, the superintendent of police submitted a report stated that Umranikar had given the money to deputy superintendent of police, Vithal Shinde, but he had not paid the agent.
During Friday’s hearing, Pol told the court that the government has issued a Government Resolution (GR) on January 7 for new guidelines for the use of secret service funds.
The GR says the funds will be primarily used for making payments to secret agents or police informers. Besides, the income and expenditure of the fund, which will be kept in secret books of accounts, will be scrutinised by a special inspector general at the district police level.
Accordingly, all commissioners of police and additional director generals of police will scrutinise the same in their jurisdictions. The books of accounts will be sent to the director general of police for scrutiny, who would then submit a certificate to the auditor general to check whether the funds are spent properly.