Rajasthan police to question two Mumbai cops over 2013 property case
A team of six policemen from Falna police station in Rajasthan, headed by Additional SP Kawalram, is in Mumbai to question two city cops, along with four other accused, in connection with a case registered at Malad police station in 2013.
That year, current senior police inspector of Vanrai police station, Chandrakant Gurav, and API Sunil Shinde, now attached to the side branch, had registered an FIR at Malad police station (where they were posted at the time) and later arrested Jagdish Chauhan, Dhumal Jain and Bhikamchand Sisodiya. The arrest followed complaint by Sukhlal Jain, who alleged he was duped of R2.5 crore in a property deal in Juhu, initiated by Dhumal and Jagdish. All three hail from Pali in Falna district, Rajasthan, and are jewellers in Mumbai.
According to a complaint filed at Malad police station, when Chauhan and Sisodiya [Dhumal managed to take anticipatory bail and got out of the case] were in police custody, the two cops transferred their properties to Sukhlal. Chauhan said in his statement: “Two of my family bungalows were transferred in Sukhlal’s son, Raje-sh’s name, while another was transferred in his servant, Haresh Nanalal Khatik’s name.”
Meanwhile, Jagdish alledged that Shinde threatened to kill him in an encounter. The statements even allege that Sukhlal beat Jagdish and forced him to sign an MOU for the property when he was in the lock-up. However, Jagdish alleged that the stamp paper purchased, dated February 6, 2013, while in the MOU, the date mentioned was February 5, 2013.
Delay in action
On August 7, 2013, Jagdish got bail and approached the Malad police, even filing a PIL in the Bombay High Court, which ordered Malad police to look into the matter. Transfer of senior officers delayed the process, and an alleged clear report was submitted to the court. A frustrated Jagdish then filed a PIL in Rajasthan court on September 17, 2014, which then ordered the Falna police of Rajasthan to file an FIR against Shinde, Gurav, Sukhlal, Rajesh Jain, Om Prakash Joshi and Harish Kumar Nanalal Khatik, under Sections 394, 384, 386, 387, 380, 462 and 457. Additional SP, of Pali district, KewalrRam, said, “We visited Vanrai police station to speak to Chandrakant Gurav but he was not there. The police team will question both the cops today.”