CID begins probe into controversial CD involving Hasan Ali
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Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:23
Mumbai: Maharashtra police on Thursday began an inquiry into the controversial CD in which Pune-based race horse owner Hasan Ali purportedly talks about attending a high level meeting held to appoint Hassan Gafoor as the police commissioner of Mumbai before the 26/11 terror attacks.

The inquiry by CID had been ordered by Home Minister R R Patil after BJP MLA Devendra Phadanvis presented the CD in the state assembly two days back, questioning the locus standi of the businessman to attend such a meeting which was attended by the minister and senior leaders of Congress and NCP.

"The state CID has received written order from the government in this regard and an inquiry into the matter began today," Additional Director General (CID) S P S Yadav said.

The CID, assisted by Mumbai crime branch, will scan the CD in which Ali, while being interrogated by the Deputy Police Commissioner Ashok Deshbhratar, purportedly said that state home minister and other senior officials of Congress and NCP had discussed about the appointment of Gafoor in 2008.

Ali was interrogated following his arrest in December 2008 by Worli Police in central Mumbai in a case of forgery, cheating and procuring fake passports. He was later released on bail.

The CID would check the authenticity of the CD and also question those who were seen in it during the interrogation of Ali, official sources said.

It would try to find out who had made the CD and the purpose behind the recording, the sources added.

Replying to a debate on the budgetary provisions of the Home department in the Legislative Assembly, Patil had said on April 13 the CID will probe the veracity of Ali's claims and also the authenticity of the CD.

Patil had also rejected Ali's claim in the CD that he and Ahmed Patel, political adviser to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had met in a suburban hotel to discuss the appointment of the Police Commissioner.

"I have never met Ahmed Patel and never spoken to him face to face. The CID will probe if the motive of the CD was to harm Gafoor, me, Ahmed Patel or anybody else", Patil told the assembly.


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:23

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