'Moral cop' Vasant Dhoble transferred



Mumbai: Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble, who had hit the headlines for his crackdown against pubs and restaurants here, has been transferred out of the social service branch of Mumbai Police.

Dhoble will now be ACP at Vakola division in western suburbs of the city. An order to this effect was issued last night by the Maharashtra government's Home department.

The ACP was in news for raiding pubs and restaurants which stayed open beyond permissible time limit, armed with hockey stick and camera, and detaining patrons and staff.

The drive had invited mixed reactions.

Local media had berated Dhoble for his high-handed tactics and curtailing the city's famous night life, but residents in the vicinity of bars and pubs had welcomed his tough stand.

Recently, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, addressing a tourism event, had assured that the city will get its night life back.

Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, soon after taking over, had ordered Dhoble to report to the Crime Branch instead of the commissioner directly.

Dhoble was also dragged to the Bombay High Court by two women, detained by a police team led by him at a restaurant for alleged human trafficking racket.

The women claimed that they were educated with a good background and sought compensation from the police for defaming them.

The Bombay High Court had, however, refused to pass any directions against the police.

PTI