Bombay HC stays CBI probe against ATS chief Maria
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed
its order for a CBI inquiry against seven senior IPS officers
including Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria for allegedly
shielding a fellow officer accused of obtaining a law degree
without appearing for the practical examination.
A division bench of justices V M Kanade and P D Kode
stayed its own order of February 27 this year directing CBI to
initiate inquiry against the seven officers. The order was
stayed for a week following a review petition filed by
Additional Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena, one of the
The court had ordered the probe on a petition filed by
Chitra Salunkhe, former vice principal of Siddarth Law
College, who had alleged that K L Bishnoi, a 1985-batch IPS
officer, cleared his final year LLB with the help of the then
acting principal I A Inamdar without actually appearing for
the practical examination held on March 12, 2005.
Salunkhe had lodged complaints against the duo and,
acting on her complaint, the seven IPS officers had conducted
Saxena's advocate Amit Desai today argued that the
allegations levelled by Salunkhe were comprehensively
inquired into by various investigating agencies. Advocate
General Darius Khambata, appearing for the state government,
argued that no attempt was made to shield any officer and that
inquiry was conducted into every aspect.
"The police should have placed before the court these
aspects. The order passed by the court directing CBI inquiry
can have a demoralising effect on the police," Khambata said.
The court while staying the CBI inquiry till April 12
directed Salunkhe to file a reply to Saxena's petition.