Pune: Two policemen of Pune city police have been dismissed from service for maligning image of department by seeking illegal gratification in connection with the Parvati land dispute case.
On Friday, Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration) Dr Sanjay Shinde issued the dismissal order of Head Constable Shailesh Jagtap, then posted with Lashkar police station, and Police Naik Parvez Jamadar, then posted with Crime Branch. They were suspended pending a departmental enquiry.
Neelmani Desai (66), a resident of Pashan, who claims to have inherited the land from her father, had accused the two policemen of threatening her about the land in Parvati area, located under the jurisdiction of Dattawadi police station.
According to the police, the woman wanted to sell the land through middleman Prashant Joshi. He, along with Rushikesh Bartakke, who is assisting the woman, and the policemen met the woman and took away the land documents. Later, the cops and Joshi refused to give the papers back to her. The woman had complained about the two policemen with the Police Commissioner. A similar complaint was lodged by Bartakke that the cops accepted kickbacks from him. After a preliminary enquiry, the Pune city police suspended Jamadar and Jagtap.
As per the findings of the departmental enquiry, policemen Jagtap and Jamadar went to the land site in Parvati with the complainants, in January and February 2018.
“Jagtap was on sick leave, while Jamadar was assigned the job of tracing wanted criminals on those two dates when they visited the spot in Parvati area. To help the woman in the land deal, Jagtap had obtained illegal gratification in the form of clothes worth Rs 68,000, which was paid by Bartakke in September 2017. There are three cases against Bartakke and even then Jagtap was in his contact. Jamadar had accepted cash and a two-wheeler from Bartakke. Jamadar’s task was to trace criminals but he was at the land site with the complainants, leaving aside his job without the permission of his senior officers,” states the dismissal order.
The policemen were served notice as to why they should not be dismissed. In their reply, the cops refuted allegations against them.
“We have been framed in the matter. There is no FIR against us. Based on a complaint, we have been dismissed from service. I have been rewarded several times for detections and recovery of weapons by the department in my 30 years service. We will soon appeal in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) against the dismissal order,” Jagtap said.
Jamadar added, “It is injustice to us. We are challenging the order.”