THE spate of good news for THANEKARS continues. The Bombay High Court rejected a second Anticipatory Bail Application (ABA) filed by Binu Verghese alias Kala Kauaa. The court observed that prima facie Binu Verghese was involved in extortion and blackmailing.

On the complaint of one Mahesh Aher, on August 6, 2021 Naupada police in Thane registered FIR (230/2021) under sections 384, 385 and 34 of IPC Act 1860 against Binu Verghese. Mahesh Aher is Assistant Municipal Commissioner (AMC) in Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Binu Verghese allegedly demanded Rs 10 lakh from Aher. He relentlessly harassed and demanded money from Aher. Fed up, frustrated and mentally exhausted due to this constant harassment, Aher gave Rs 1 lakh to Kala Kauwa. However, this only encouraged Kala Kauaa and he continuously tried to pressurize and harass Aher for the remaining Rs 9 Lakhs, and tried to extort the same from Aher.

After the Thane court rejected his ABA (No- 2890/2021), Kala Kauaa approached Bombay High Court through his lawyers Raja Bhura and Abhishek Jha. Mrs Rutuja Ambekar was the public prosecutor (PP) and she opposed the ABA. Kala Kauaa’s lawyers tried to convince the court that Kala Kauaa was not extorting money but merely demanding a friendly loan from Aher. But Honorable Justice Nitin W. Sambre was not convinced of the same and rejected the ABA application. The justice observed that provisions of the Right To Information (RTI) Act are being misused to blackmail or extort money from public servants and that can be noticed from the investigation papers. The facts of present case prima facie demonstrate the Binu Verghese’s involvement in the matter of extortion and blackmailing.

On December 3, 2021 Honorable Justice Nitin W. Sambre rejected his ABA. Bombay High Court has also rejected Kala Kauaa’s ABA in which on August 4, 2021 an FIR (No- 241/2021) has been registered against him at Kapurbawdi police station under sections 384, 385 and 34 of IPC in Thane. Third FIR (No- 151/2021) under sections 384, 386, 387, 389, 392, 324, 323, 504, 506, 506 (2), 109, 166, 120 (B) of IPC act 1860 and 3, 25 of Arms act 1959 has been also registered against him at Thane Nagar police station in Thane. Gangsters Ravi Pujari, Tarik Parveen, Bachchi Singh and Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire are also co accused in the matter.

Kala Kauaa alias Binu Verghese is a resident of Thane and is currently on the run. Under the guise of being an RTI Activist, Social Activist, Chief Editor and Whistleblower, he was allegedly running an extortion racket. DCP Zone-1 Avinash Ambure, Senior Inspector of Anti Extortion Cell Rajkumar Kothmire, Jaspalsingh Walia alias Lovely, Harrison D’Mello alias Hari Adhav, Dance Master Kiran Shah and many more were his gang members. Rajkumar Kothmire has been transferred (punishment posting) in Naxalite area Gadchiroli. Lovely Singh is currently absconding in an extortion matter. Harrison D’Mello was arrested for demanding extortion from the SPA owner. Avinash Ambure has good terms with politicians so he is continuing to serve at Thane. But ‘Bakre ki maan kab tak khair manayegi ?

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