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Thane corporators surrender in Parmar suicide case

Clockwise from top left: Hanumant Jagdale, Sudhakar Chavan Najeeb Mulla and Vikrant Chavan in Mumbai on Saturday  

The four corporators from Thane, who were allegedly named by builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note, surrendered to the police on Saturday morning and were placed under arrest. While two of them were taken to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai after a preliminary medical examination recommended further tests, the other two were remanded to police custody by the Thane Sessions Court.

Parmar, a Thane based builder, had shot himself in a flat in his under construction project in Thane on October 7. His 13 page suicide note allegedly named NCP corporators Vikrant Chavan and Najeeb Mulla, Congress corporator Hanumant Jagdale and independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan as the people who had consistently demanded bribes from him. The note said this was one of the reasons behind the extreme step. The Kasar Wadavli police had subsequently registered a complaint of abetment to suicide.

Police officials said all the four corporators surrendered themselves before assistant commissioner of police Dilip Gore, Vartak Nagar division, who is now heading the probe, and were placed under arrest at around 9:00 am on Friday. They were then taken to the Thane Civil Hospital for a medical examination.

“There are discrepancies in their statements and the facts that have come to light in the police’s own investigation. The link between them and the civic officials who were harassing Parmar needs to be investigated, as well as the flow of money. Further, the Income Tax department has also told us that a total of Rs 19 crore had been paid by Parmar as bribes, and this needs to be probed further,” special public prosecutor Raja Thakre told the court.

The defence argued that the corporators had been cooperating with the police for the past one month, appearing before them every day and answering all their questions, and hence, there was no need for police custody.

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Printable version | Jan 25, 2021 5:13:59 PM |

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