Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday
suspended a senior IPS officer, who allegedly carried out a
"sting operation", while interrogating Pune-based stud farm
owner Hasan Ali Khan, facing charges of huge money laundering
and tax evasion.
The action was taken against Deputy Police Commissioner
(Government Railway Police) Ashok Deshbhratar after
preliminary inquiry by the CID concluded that the sting
operation CD leaked to media was "doctored" and key references
were edited to sensationalise the matter, a Home Ministry
official told PTI here.
The CID report revealed the interrogation of Ali was
taped using a spy cam and it is suspected that the IPS officer
himself used the device, the official said.
While interrogating Ali in a fake passport case when he
was arrested in 2008 in Mumbai, Deshbrathar had allegedly made
a CD of the investigations in which senior Congress and NCP
leaders were allegedly named as discussing the appointment of
Mumbai Police Commissioner with the Pune businessman.
In the CD, Ali purportedly spoke about his proximity to
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil and other Congress and NCP
leaders and claimed that the decision to appoint Hasan Gafoor
as Mumbai Police Commissioner was taken during a meeting
between him and certain leaders from the two parties.
Deshbhratar is currently on sick leave since March 17.