MAHENDRA O Chavan, an inspector in Ulhasnagar-1 police station who has been arrested by officials of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) Thane, in connection with a graft case, may be booked on charge of rape, sources told ABI. A woman has approached ACB officials complaining Chavan had raped her and her minor daughter on several occasions.
Chavan was re-produced on Thursday in sessions court in Kalyan, where judge V D Dongre extended his police custody for one more day. According to sources, ACB officials told court that more than four women have approached them complaining Chavan had forced them into a physical relationship. Chavan used to ask them to meet in lodge/hotel. He also used to suggest them to come wearing nice clothes. The women had gone to register complaint in police station.
“I have heard that Chavan was forcing women complainants to maintain physical relationship with him,” said Ujjwala Vaidya, inspector ACB and investigation officer into the matter.
Not enough, a woman from Titwala has complained to ACB officials that Chavan had raped her as well as her 9 – year old daughter on several occasions. The matter has been forwarded to Titwala police station for further action. Titwala police may book Chavan on charge of rape soon.
“I have not received any complaint against Chavan,” said Dilip Godbole, senior inspector Titwala police station.
Chavan was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 15000 from Yogiraj Deshmukh, the ward president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). ACB officials also have arrested his associate a private person Asan Ramesh Ramchandani who accepted bribe on behalf of Chavan. The accused had been produced before the Kalyan court today, which had remanded them to police custody for three days.
One of the most corrupt officials in Ulhasnagar police, Chavan has made property of crore of rupees. During search of his residence, ACB officials recovered documents of 187 guntha land in Ulhasnagar and Kalyan city, two motor cars, 12 lakhs cash deposited in Maharashtra, Union and state bank of India’s banks accounts. Interestingly, Chavan have given Rs 26 lakh personal loans to several people, on high interest. Officials have also seized wine bottles worth Rs 36,000.