several investigations, including the Neeraj Grover murder case in which, during his first meeting with the small-time TV actor Maria Susairaj he suspected she was the culprit, a hunch which came true, the IPS officer said.
Responding to allegations that he `dithered’ in bringing the Sheena murder case to conclusion soon, Maria said, “My team detected the Sheena murder case, and had I wished otherwise, we would not have detected the case and made the progress we did.
“A month before my promotion as DG, I had met then ACS (Additional Chief Secretary) Home K P Bakshi and CM’s Principal Secretary Pravinsinh Pardeshi, to request to give me the post of DG Home Guard or State Security Corporation as my tenure as Mumbai CP was ending,” he said, denying that he was `shunted out’.
Speaking on allegations by some of the kin of 26/11 terror attack martyrs that adequate force was not rushed to help them near Cama Hospital, Maria said, “Seven or eight minutes before the officers’ vehicle was attacked in the Rangbhavan lane, then ATS chief Hemant Karkare and another senior IPS officer spoke on wireless.
“During that talk, Karkare mentioned that police force including crime branch team and Quick Response Team were with them and they were going to surround the place,” Maria said.
Talking about the murder of the rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Maria said, “After the government asked us to crack the killing, our probe was on the right track.
“However, after reports of the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) about weapon used in the murder came, it got diverted,” he said.
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