A senior officer of the Nehru Nagar police station, who was suspended after 36 of his subordinates were caught accepting bribes to allow illegal construction in Kurla, was recently reinstated.
Senior PI Dhananjay Bagayatkar was suspended after complainant Kasim Khan filmed the policemen accepting bribes via a spy camera last year. Bagayatkar had moved Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) against his suspension. MAT ordered that Bagayatkar be reinstated pending a departmental inquiry. "Bagayatkar has been reinstated and posted at the Mumbai Police headquarters," said an officer at the headquarters.
According to Khan, his friend Prakash Nawal was renovating his house at Thakkar Bappa colony in Kurla when Nehru Nagar policemen demanded bribes to allow Naval to proceed with the work after municipal authorities had stopped it for want of necessary clearances.
When Nawal told him about the demand, Khan asked him to direct the policemen to him. Khan then installed a spy camera and recorded the policemen accepting bribes amounting to around Rs 34,000 between March 9 and 26.
"Khan did a sting operation on these personnel. He had produced 21 DVDs of footage in which the policemen were seen and heard demanding and accepting bribes on different days for not taking action against an unauthorised construction of a structure," said an ACB officer.
ACP Milind Bhise had submitted his inquiry report in this regard and on the basis of this report, on April 10 last year, all 36 were suspended by the police chief and a case was registered with the ACB. Bagayatkar too was suspended as the suspended officers were his subordinates.
This February, the forensic report revealed that voice samples of 33 policemen matched the recordings provided by Khan.