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


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

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