HC stays severe remarks against senior police officers
Mumbai, Aug 13 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today stayed severe remarks passed by special MCOCA court in Pune against three senior police officers including Additional Commissioner of Police attached to Anti-Terrorist Squad Subodhkumar Jaiswal.
A single bench judge of Justice B H Marlapalle, while admitting their criminal applications, also made it clear that the observations made by Pune MCOCA court will not come in the way of career prospects of these officers.
Subodhkumar Jaiswal, C H Wadke and S M Mushrif had moved the High Court against allegedly derogatory remarks in the June 26 order of the MCOCA court. While discharging former Mumbai police commissioner R S Sharma, the special court had observed that Mr Jaiswal had done nothing against prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi, and there were no significant recovery of fake stamps or printing machinery.
The order goes on to note that Jaiswal did not take action against police constables who were helping Telgi and his crime syndicate. Ultimately those who apparently helped Telgi appear to have been made witnesses in the Bund Garden police station case.
In the same order, the MCOCA court has mentioned that, apparently the prosecution was deliberately indulging in choose and pick policy, and prosecution of a number of police officers was result of rivalry amongst themselves, whereas Mr Mushrif against whom serious allegations were made by his colleagues and seniors was left untouched.
The members of erstwhile Special Investigation Team, which spearheaded the Telgi scam investigations, has alleged in its plea that the remarks of the special court were uncalled for, unwarranted and not based on facts. They also claimed that the remarks not only have damaging repercussions on their career prospects but also may be used to cause undue damage to their career and characters.