FINALLY the Mumbai police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against controversial Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Deven Bharti alias Chhota Chetan under several sections of IPC and provisions of Indian Passport Act. It was ABI who first exposed Deven Bharti’s illegal activities in 2019. ABI expects more FIRs against Deven Bharti in the future.
On December 10, 2021 Malwani police Station, in suburban Mumbai registered FIR (No-1436/2021) under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 34 of IPC along with sections 12 (1-A), (A) and (B) provisions of the Indian Passport Act 1967, as well as rule number 3,6 passport Act 1950 with section 3 according to passport rule entry in India Act 1920, with section 3 (1) foreign national ordinance 1948, with section 13, 14 (A) (B), foreign national Act 1946 against Deven Bharti. Then senior inspector of Malwani police station Deepak Phatangre and illegal Bangladeshi immigrant Reshma Khan is also booked under the same sections of IPC along with Deven Bharti.
Copy of the FIR is available with ABI. Deven Bharti alias Chhota Chetan is a 1994 batch IPS officer presently posted in the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) in Mumbai. Deepak Phatangre has been retired from Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) post. FIR has been forwarded to CIU unit of crime branch for further investigation.
According to the FIR, Reshma Khan, a resident of Malwani, Malad (East) had applied for her passport in 2012. Deepak Kurulkar, then Senior Inspector of Police, Special Branch-1 verified her documents (birth date, place, address, family details) and found them to be fake. It was confirmed that Reshma Khan was a Bangladeshi National. On September 12, 2017 Deepak Kurulkar sent his three officers to register a FIR against Reshma Khan at Malwani police station. But Senior Inspector Deepak Phatangre refused to do the same, and claimed that he had orders from Deven Bharti to not take any action against Reshma Khan. Once Deven Bharti even called Deepak Kurulkar at his office and threatened him with action and trouble if Kurulkar pursued the matter further.
Subsequently Reshma Khan succeeded in getting her passport. Reshma Khan is the wife of Hyder Azam Khan, BJP Mumbai’s vice-president and head of its minority cell.
Deepak Kurulkar retired in 2017 but kept following the matter. On November 5, 2020 he obtained a reply through RTI that Malwani police has destroyed all related documents pertaining to Reshma Khan.
It was ABI who first published this news on January 14, 2019 under headline- “Bangladeshi sabit hone ke baad bana BJP neta ki patni ka passport- in its sister publication Hindi Newspaper Jan Swabhiman”. Second news published in ABI on March 3, 2021 under headline ‘Bangladeshi mahila ko sanrakshan dene ke mamle mein bhi fansenge Deven Bharti, sevanivritt senior inspector file karenge petition.’
Two FIRs also will be registered against Deven Bharti in the future. It has been proved that Deven Bharti was running an extortion racket in Mumbai with underworld don Ejaz Lakdawala and it is expected that FIR’s pertaining to this matter will also be launched against Bharti soon.