Suspended top cop claims innocence in Hasan Ali CD episode

The suspended senior IPS officer, accused of secretly filming the interrogation of Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan said that he was made "scapegoat".

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 22:02 PM IST

Mumbai: The suspended senior IPS officer,
accused of secretly filming the interrogation of Pune stud
farm owner Hasan Ali Khan and leaking its doctored CD, has
said that he was made "scapegoat" and the action being
initiated against him may be to "hush up" the entire case.

"Days after I expressed my willingness to help the
Enforcement Directorate in Hasan Ali Khan case, I was
suspended. Moreover, I was also due for promotion. I sense
that this was done to me so as to hush up Hasan Ali`s case. I
also believe there are some other reasons as well for my
suspension," Ashok Deshbhratar, suspended DCP (Government
Railway Police) said.
Khan, the Pune-based stud-farm owner, has been
arrested on charges of stashing away huge amount of black
money in foreign banks.

Deshbhratar was accused of conducting a sting
operation and making a CD of the interrogation of Ali in a
fake passport case when he was arrested in Mumbai in 2008.

In the CD, Khan was shown boasting of his `links` with
top leaders of Congress and NCP and how the decision to
appoint Hassan Gafoor as Mumbai police commissioner was taken
at a meeting in a suburban five star hotel, police said.
After Deshbhratar`s suspension, Home Minister R R
Patil had said, "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."

PTI