Inspector Yashwant Shankar Thorawade of Azad Maidan Police Station has been convicted by the Special Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court for demanding and accepting a bribe of for helping to an accused to get an anticipatory bail. The inspector was also slapped a fine of Rs. 15,000.
According to press note issued by ACB, an FIR (No. 231/2011) was registered against a jeweler in the Azad Maidan Police station and Thorawade was the investigating officer in the matter. To avoid arrest the jeweler had applied for an anticipatory bail (ABA) in the Session Court. Thorawade demanded a bribe of Rs. 50,000 to help the jeweler in ABA. On December 2, 2011 Thorawade was arrested by the ACB officials for accepting Rs. 25,000 the first installment of the bribe amount from the jeweler.
The matter was investigated by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Dayanand Gawas. On the completion of the investigation a chargesheet was submitted by ACB in the matter. On getting sufficient proof the Special Sessions Judge S K Kevale on Wednesday sentenced to the Thorawade the two year imprisonment and fine of Rs 15,000 under sections 7, 13 (1) (D) with 13 (2) of ACB act 1988. In case if he failed to pay fine Rs 15,000 he may be liable to stay in jail for another four months simple imprisonment.
This is that Inspector who was also criticized by Judge M L Tahiliyani for his ‘Cowardice’ during the 26/11 terror attacks. Tahiliyani had noted that Thorawade failed to help Additional Commissioner of Police, Sadanand Date, who fought terrorists for over 50 minutes at Cama Hospital.