Thane builder's suicide: 4 months after suicide, cops file 3,050-page chargesheet

Chargesheet consists of the bank statements of all four TMC corporators who allegedly sought bribes from Suraj Parmar, and copies of RTI queries filed by the four on Parmar’s projects

Almost four months after Thane builder Suraj Parmar committed suicide, the Kasarvadvli police filed a 3,050-page chargesheet in the Thane Sessions Court yesterday.

Congress corporators Hanumant Jagdale (top L) and Vikrant Chavan (bottom L), MNS corporator Sudhakar Chavan (top R) and NCP corporator Najeeb Mulla
Congress corporators Hanumant Jagdale (top L) and Vikrant Chavan (bottom L), MNS corporator Sudhakar Chavan (top R) and NCP corporator Najeeb Mulla

The chargesheet holds four corporators — Vikrant Chavan, Hanumant Jagdale, Najeeb Mulla and Sudhakar Chavan — guilty for harassing the builder for bribes in order to clear his projects, and abetment of
suicide.

“About 600 pages are filled with answers given by the corporators during police investigation. Another 250 pages comprise bank statements of the corporators and others. The chargesheet also includes documents collected from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), statements of 65 people, including politicians and municipal authorities of various departments, among others. We have also attached copies of RTI queries filed by the four corporators on Parmar’s projects,” said a police officer from Thane Commissionerate.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kasarvadavli division) D R Gore, who is also the investigating officer, said further probe in the case would be conducted as per the CrPC procedure.

Police officers who submitted the chargesheet in court refused to divulge details, claiming they had been directed by the court to maintain utmost secrecy to prevent leaks, like the ones that occurred in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case.

Case history
Suraj Ramesh Parmar (49), chairperson and managing director of the Cosmos Group and MCHI-CREDAI (Thane) chief, shot himself dead with his personal .32 calibre pistol in a bungalow at one his upcoming projects in Kasarvadavli.

Parmar left behind a 15-page suicide note, wherein he blamed red tape, non-payment of loans and bribes demanded by politicians as primary reasons for him taking the drastic step. A case was registered at Kasarvadavli police station for abetment of suicide and different sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act on October 13.

Politicians named in diary
During the course of investigation, police found Parmar’s old diary in which he had mentioned paying several politicians, urban development officers of the Thane Municipal Corporation and Mantralaya, and MHADA officers. The politicians who received kickbacks from Parmar:

>> Two Thane Shiv Sena leaders: Rs 10 lakh
>> Thane NCP leader: Rs 5 lakh
>> One of the corporators in the suicide note: Rs 5 lakh
>> Congress corporator: Rs 5 lakh
>> RPI leader: Rs 5 lakh
>> Thane MNS leader: Rs 5 lakh

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