Maharashtra to probe `encounter fame’ cop for graft

April 10th, 2008 - 12:24 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil Wednesday announced an enquiry against ‘encounter fame’ police officer Pradip Sharma after several allegations of corruption, including charges of amassing illegitimate wealth, were made against him. “All allegations against Sharma will be probed by an officer of the rank of additional commissioner of police,” Patil, who holds the home portfolio, told the state assembly.

He was responding to opposition leader Ramdas Kadam’s demand for the police officer’s suspension.

Kadam accused Sharma, who frequently hit the headlines for eliminating nearly 100 underworld goons in a span of over a decade, of amassing wealth to the tune of Rs.50 billion.

He highlighted the recent incident of builder Satish Chaturvedi, who was falsely implicating by Sharma in a criminal case.

The revolver, used as an evidence to implicate Chaturvedi in the case, is suspected to have been provided by the police officer himself.

The senior police inspector is already facing a state Criminal Investigation Department probe for the alleged custodial death of the 1992 Mumbai bomb blast accused Khwaja Yunus in a police station under his charge.

Among the dreaded criminals Sharma “eliminated” were Rafique Dabbawala and ‘Kalya’ belonging to Dawood Ibrahim gang, and Vinod Matkar and Kamlakar Satardekar of Chhota Rajan gang.

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