Cop suspended for amassing wealth illegally
Following a sting operation conducted in 2006, which showed Senior PI Rajesh Dhanawade of JJ Marg police station selling flats in Worli, the officer was suspended for alleged possession of unaccounted property yesterday.
The sting claimed that Dhanawade, in 2006, owned a construction company in Worli, Dhanawade Associates, which was constructing three residential towers in Worli. In the sting, Dhanawade was seen sitting in his office, and selling the flats.
The then DGP, P S Pasricha, had asked the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an inquiry into the matter and submit a report in three months. Sources said the ACB had initiated a confidential inquiry — even before the sting operation was conducted — on receiving complaints that the officer had disproportionate assets.
“The investigation was delayed as Dhanawade refused to cooperate and never turned up for the inquiry,” said an official. Dhanawade, reportedly, told the ACB officials that he was just helping his brothers, Kamlakar and Vijay, in their construction business. But the ACB probe revealed that his brothers did odd jobs and Dhanawade misused his position to amass wealth.
Some of Dhanawade’s assets probed by the ACB officials included a flat in Mariamma Nagar in Worli, one in his wife Amita’s name in Narayan Pujari Nagar in Worli, another in Omkar Housing Society in Borivli, six acres of agricultural and 5.5 acres of private land in Karjat, and a couple of four-wheelers.