Mumbai: Rakesh Maria, the high-profile Mumbai Police Commissioner, who was on Tuesday promoted as the new Director General of Police (Home Guards) is planning to resign, a report said on Wednesday.
A report published in 'Times of India' said that Maria is of the view that his promotion is a political move and a fallout of the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, which involves high profile people like former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea.
While quoting some persons considered to be close to Maria, the newspaper report states that the ex-Mumbai Police chief decided to interrogate Indrani after police official Dinesh Kadam informed him that she was speaking "hi-fi English" and humiliating policemen.
After each interrogation Maria used to apprise Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Home Secretary of the developments in the murder case.
Maria has rubbished ex-Mumbai Police chief Satyapal Singh's allegations that he was close to former STAR India CEO Peter Mukerjea.
He is reported to have said: "I swear by my sons that I have never met Indrani or Peter in my life. I saw Indrani for the first time at the Khar police lock-up and although I have been visiting Khar police station to pursue the Sheena case, I first saw Peter only this Monday when I interrogated him.”
While Maria is contemplating to resign, the newspaper quoted some sources as saying that the IPS officer had decided to quit after he was pulled up for his meeting with IPL chief Lalit Modi, but decided to wait till his promotion.
Maria, the high-profile Mumbai Police Commissioner who interrogated the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case in an unsual action, was shunted out of the post and promoted as Director General of Police Home Guards.
However, after the sudden action created quite a flutter, the Maharashtra government climbed down in the evening and said he would continue to "supervise" the probe.
"The government has decided that the Sheena Bora case will be continued to be supervised by Rakesh Maria, irrespective of his elevation and transfer", Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi told PTI.
On a day of high drama, Maria was replaced by Ahmed Javed, a DG-rank official, who took over as Mumbai Police Commissioner in the upgraded post. CM Devendra Fadnavis had cleared both the appointments before he left for Japan last night.