Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday directed Maharashtra government to produce records of the secret service funds of the state Crime Investigation
Department (CID) of the year 2006 when Jayant Umranikar,
former Police Commissioner of Pune, was heading the agency.
The records were called for in a public interest
litigation filed by city-based NGO, Citizens Organisation for
Public Opinion, alleging that Umraniker had misappropriated
money from the secret service funds.
According to the PIL, in 2006, Umranikar had withdrawn
money from the funds to book air tickets for him and his
family from Pune to Delhi and back. He had, however,
reimbursed the money later.
The PIL alleges that the tickets were booked by one
Sanjay Randive, who was a suspect in a fake passport scam,
which CID was probing. Randhive had later alleged that he was
forced to show favours to Umranikar in return for facilitating
his (Randive) bail.
"If funds were taken out and then reimbursed then there
must be some record of it..some authorization by an
appropriate authority," a division bench of Justices B H
Marlapalle and U D Salvi observed.
The government has been directed to submit all the
records by February 4.