Pune: A case has been registered against former journalist Devendra Jain and two others at Hadapsar police station for filing false news related to a land purchase transaction and threatening to defame and kill the person involved in the land dealing. Hadapsar police have arrested one person in this case so far.
Police have identified the suspect as Sudam alias Dattatraya alias Balasaheb Gulabrao Kamthe. A case has been registered against Devendra Jain in this case. Mohan Raju Bhairat (26), a resident of Kamthe Mala, Phursungi has lodged a complaint in this regard at Hadapsar police station.
According to senior police inspector Ramesh Sathe, "Mohan Bhairat's grandfather Sadashiv Kamthe had decided to sell his land in Shewalwadi in November 2015. After the decision, he had entered into a land deal with Sanjay Harpale. Sudam Kamthe, a close relative of the complainant, intervened into the dealing. Although he had nothing to do with the transactions, Sudam threatened the complaint that the land transaction should be done through him only, otherwise he will not allow the transaction to be completed.
Then Harpale, fearing his life, gave Sudam Kamthe three lakh rupees. Even after that, Sudam filed an objection in order to prevent the registration and demanded Rs 25 lakh from the complainant's grandfather and Harpale. He took a cheque of Rs 5 lakh. He then demanded Rs 1 crore from the complainant and Harpale to withdraw the objection. He took Rs 15 lakh even though he was not involved in the land transaction.
Jain along with absconding RTI activist Ravindra Barhate, dismissed cops Shailesh Jagtap, Parvez Jamadar, and their eight other accomplices were recently booked by Hadapsar, Kothrud, Samarth and Khadak police in several extortion and land grab cases. While Barhate is still on the run, the other suspects were remanded in police custody and later released on bail by the local court.