Tuesday, March 22, 2011

IPS officer suspended for 'filming' Hasan Ali’s interrogation

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced the suspension of a senior IPS officer, who allegedly secretly filmed the interrogation of Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, facing massive money laundering charges, and leaked its doctored CDs, apparently to malign the government.
State Home Minister R. R. Patil told the Assembly that Ashok Deshbrathar, DCP (Government Railway Police), has been placed under suspension and a departmental inquiry ordered against him, ending the suspense over the government action against the IPS officer.
Speculations were rife since yesterday that the officer had been placed under suspension.
Mr. Patil said action had been taken after a CID inquiry into the CD episode recommended that the officer be sacked from the force under article 311 of the Constitution and criminal case be filed against him under section 500 (defamation) and 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) IPC and section three of Incitement to Disaffection act 1922.

In the CD, he said, Khan was shown boasting of his links with top Congress and NCP leaders and how the decision to appoint Hassan Gafoor as Mumbai Police Commissioner was taken at a meeting in a suburban five star hotel.

“It has been proved in the (CID) investigation that the police officer had doctored the CD with an intention to malign the government. He did not pass on the information about his secret interrogation to his superiors which proves his ulterior motive,” Mr. Patil said.

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