An official said the inspector was likely to be placed under suspension, pending a departmental inquiry. A police inspector currently posted with the special branch of the Pune city police was arrested on Tuesday for illegal possession of a Rs 1.6 crore flat from a textile trader for not taking action against him in a fraud case.
A first information report in the case has now been lodged at Khadki police station against Inspector Rauf Sheikh, who was posted with the Special Branch and who was with the Economic Offenses Wing of the Pune City Police at the time of the crime. A case has been registered against his son and three more under sections related to extortion, cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust through public servant and criminal intimidation.
The sequence of events occurred between June 2017 – when the case was registered by December 2019. During this time, as part of the proceedings, several immovable and movable property of the complainant and his associates were freezed following a court order. The High Courts, however, respected the asset-free action.
Sambhaji Kadam, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime and Economic Crime) said, “The accused police inspector took over the illegal occupation of the flat for fear of ownership, fraud and forgery of the complainant. His son was living in the flat. ”
Despite the inspector losing the flat, the complainant was arrested and spent time in jail. He contacted the Pune police after his release, following which an investigation was launched. As a result of the investigation, crime was registered at Khadki police station and Inspector Sheikh was arrested on Tuesday night. An official said the inspector was likely to be placed under suspension, pending a departmental inquiry.