HC comes down hard on police in Pune land-mafia case

Mumbai: Dealing with a land-mafia case, the Bombay High Court today came down hard on two Pune police officers, saying they had brought shame to the 'vardi' (uniform).

The court issued show cause notice to the two officers of Shivajinagar police station -- Inspector Rahul Yewale and PSI Sandip Ghorpade-- as to why they should not be made co-accused in the case.

According to the petition filed by Pune-based documentary-maker Poornima Prabhu, some 50 goons ransacked her house in Shivajinagar area on December 29, 2008. Her brother, Rajiv Prabhu, was badly beaten up and had to be hospitalised.

The goons had been allegedly sent by Congress corporator Deepak Mankar and his brother Shivaji in an attempt to evict them from the rented premises they live in.

According to Prabhu, when she called police, no help came, and eventually police recorded a complaint of assault against Prabhus too, alongwith the complaint filed by Prabhus against Mankar and others.

After perusing the record, Division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and Anup Mohta said, "If this happens in Pune, God alone knows what happens to security of people elsewhere."

Referring to the role of senior police inspector Rahul Yewale (now suspended) and PSI Sandip Ghorpade, who Prabhu alleges were present during the ransacking but did nothing, Judges said: "They have shamed the 'vardi' ...They don't deserve it."