Transferred cop cries foul

A senior police inspector, who was transferred from a Mumbai police station, after allegations of extortion were leveled against him, claimed that his transfer was a ‘conspiracy’.
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Updated on Jan 28, 2011 01:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

A senior police inspector, who was transferred from a Mumbai police station, after allegations of extortion were leveled against him, claimed that his transfer was a ‘conspiracy’.

Sanjeev Kokil, former senior police inspector of MRA Marg police station, was transferred to Amravati by the Maharashtra State Home Department on Tuesday. “I was transferred after six months, while most police officers are allowed to stay for three years before they are transferred,” said Kokil.

Kokil said: “I have already submitted names of all those involved in this scheme to my seniors. It is a disappointing move.”

Businessmen Mohammed Hussain and Haneef Popatiya had alleged that Kokil had been extorting money from them through Rahima Sheikh alias Funtoos. “There is an ongoing departmental inquiry against him. Since the orders came from the home department, the reason for his transfer was not disclosed to us,” said Anil Mahabole, assistant commissioner of police.

Kokil’s transfer order came a day after his alleged aid Rahima Sheikh alias Funtoos’ anticipatory bail application was rejected by the sessions court. In his order, judge Tahaliyani made similar observations saying that she (Funtoos) was extorting shopkeepers and business owners “with the blessings of the officer of MRA Marg police station”.

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