IPS officer charged with extortion attempt in Ali`s CD case

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 00:26

Mumbai: CID has charged an IPS officer with
trying to extort money from race horse owner Hassan Ali by
allegedly recording his conversation in which he (Ali) claimed
to have influenced the decision of Maharashtra Government to
appoint Hassan Gafoor as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai in
2008.

A 15-page interim report of the CID, which inquired into
the controversial CD that was placed by a BJP member in the
state legislative assembly, was submitted to the state
government yesterday in which allegations against a police
officer of trying to extort money from Hassan Ali surfaced.

The report stated that an attempt was made by the officer
to malign the image of Gafoor and other politicians, a CID
officer said.

DCP Ashok Deshbrathar had interrogated Pune-based stud
farm owner Hassan Ali and this was recorded in a spycam, the
report alleged.

"The CD was prepared after the interrogation of Ali was
captured in a spy cam. Deshbrathar interrogated Ali alone on
several occasions, raising suspicion that he himself had
recorded it with the device", the CID official said.

"We strongly suspect that he had prepared the CD with
select contents that would enable him to extort money from
Ali," he added.

"It also indicates that it was an attempt to malign the
image of Gafoor and other politicians," the official said,
adding, their names were deliberately put in Ali`s mouth. The
CD was later leaked to media," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 00:26

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