One more complaint against arrested cop
AURANGABAD: Two days after being arrested for allegedly demanding Rs 5 lakh bribe, a similar complaint has come to the fore against former ATS officer Shivaji alias Shiva Avdhut Thakre.
On Sunday, Laila Begum (45) produced a complaint she had lodged against Thakre for seizing Rs 9 lakh in cash and documents of immovable properties to the tune of Rs 61 lakhs.
Her husband, Sahebkhan Pathan, is currently lodged in Harsul central prison after he was arrested on September 20 last year on the charges of cheating people to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of making money rain from the sky. He was nabbed after being on the run for a couple months.
In her complaint to city police commissioner Rajender Singh on November 11 last year, a copy of which is with TOI, Laila stated, “After the arrest, Thakre contacted me saying that he needs Rs 20 lakh cash for ‘managing’ the complainants in all the five cases against my husband. I agreed to pay the amount but Thakre, on the pretext of searching my house, seized Rs 9 lakhs in cash cash and documents of properties worth Rs 61 lakh. I thought he would produce the seized cash and documents in the court, but he did not do so. When I asked him about his promise of getting my husband acquitted in the cases, he again demanded Rs of 20 lakh.”
As per the complaint, when she started asking him to give back the cash and property documents, Thakre allegedly started threatening her by saying that he would assault Pathan in police custody and frame him in more cases.
Laila also stated in her complaint that the accused even sold two of their plots for Rs 4 lakh each and siphoned off Rs 8 lakh. When she threatened him of approaching higher officials, the accused returned the documents of property worth Rs 32 lakh.
Meanwhile, Laila has assured the police of helping them in the probe by producing the telephonic conversations with the accused.
Singh told TOI, “We had received the complaint against Thakre and the matter is currently under investigation by assistant commissioner of police (crime). Depending on his report, appropriate action would be initiated against Thakre.”
However, senior crime branch officials refused to comment on why even three months after receiving the complaint against Thakre along with incriminating evidence in the form of telephonic recordings, no action was initiated.