Ribeiro Questions Appointment of Top Cops in Maha

Ribeiro Questions Appointment of Top Cops in Maha
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner, Julio Ribeiro, has dashed off a letter to state government expressing surprise over the appointment of four 'tainted' senior IPS officers.

The letter written on April 15 and addressed to Home Minister R R Patil not only questions the appointment of Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy, Additional CP (North Region) Ramrao Pawar, Deputy CPs Ajit Patil (Zone 12) and Sanjay Banerjee (Zone 11) to sensitive posts but also alleges that they have a reputation for "greed and corruption".

Ribeiro, who runs Public Concern for Governance Trust, an anti-corruption NGO, told PTI that he had written the letter keeping police reforms and operational freedom in mind.

"I read in the newspapers that in Maharashtra Assembly, these four policemen were criticised for their professional misconduct. Still they managed to get key postings which is very surprising and unfortunate," he said.

"Many people came to me and levelled corruption allegations about these four tainted policemen. I have brought this issue to the notice of Home Department and we, as an NGO, would continue to do this," said Rebeiro, who was Director General of Punjab Police during its worst years of terrorism.

"The chief of crime branch should be unquestionable but the politicians and police are taking people for a ride," Ribeiro added.

Politicians were interfering in appointing each and every police official, he said adding even junior level officers were also appointed with blessings of politicians.

"The four cops, whom I named in my letter, have god fathers following which they became untouchable," Rebeiro alleged and demanded that the appointments should be done in a free and fair manner so that citizens get right police officer to protect them.

When contacted Jt CP (Crime) Himanshu Roy said, "I do not even have the knowledge about the letter and nobody told me about it. Home Department has not informed me anything about it."

Additional CP RamRao Pawar said, "I do not know what the allegations are. So I do not want to say anything on the matter." The other two DCPs refused to comment.
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