The suspended DCP, whose bungalow in Andheri was raided last year for housing a spa running a sex ring, is back in office.
Then deputy commissioner of police (Mumbai traffic division) Nandkumar Chougule has been reinstated by the state government without so much as a probe.
Chougule, whose premises in Seven Bungalows, Andheri (W) were rented to Cleopatra Day Spa, was exposed by MiD DAY on December 29, 2011 (‘DCP bungalow home to sex spa racket’). After investigations, he was transferred and later suspended. But, he has again been rewarded with a plum posting in Nashik.
In the wake of the exposé, state home minister RR Patil had announced the suspension orders for Chougule in the state assembly in April this year, and promised a detailed anti-corruption inquiry against his wife’s properties. But now, the cop has been reinstated in Nashik at what is considered a cushy post.
On December 10, Chougule’s Seven Bungalows house was raided by then assistant commissioner of police (social service branch) Vasant Dhoble, and more than seven girls involved in flesh trade were rescued from the premises. The police had booked the manager of the spa along with two of her colleagues under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.
Chougule had rented out the property and the manager had allegedly converted it to a swank spa only to use it as a front for sex trade. “Chougule was earlier transferred to Amravati. He was later suspended, after the state doubted his excuse that he was not aware of the sex trade thriving on his premises,” said a Mumbai police officer.
“Chougule has been recently reinstated and given a posting in Nashik,” confirmed Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal.
MiD DAY had also reported that Chougule owned another property in Adarsh Nagar in Andheri, which was then rented to Juben Wines and was under the BMC’s scanner for allegedly operating illegally.