Govt Backtracks, Maria to Continue Sheena Bora Probe

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Mumbai: Taking a U-turn from its earlier stance the Maharashtra government on Tuesday declared that Former Commissioner of Mumbai Police Rakesh Maria will continue to head the Sheena Bora murder case till the probe is completed.

According to PTI, Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary said, “Rakesh Maria will continue to head investigations into Sheena Bora murder case till probe is completed.”

The government also rejected claims that the team probing Sheena Bora murder case has been removed.

Rakesh Maria has been removed earlier the day as Mumbai Commissioner of Police and has been elevated to DG Home Guards and DG Civil Defence. Ahmed Javed was appointed as the Mumbai Commissioner of Police in place of Maria.

Maharashtra Home Secretary KP Bakshi earlier claimed that the government wanted to issue the orders before the beginning of the festival season.

The order comes even as he has been personally monitoring the investigation into the mysterious murder of Sheena Bora in which TV Tycoon Indrani Mukerjea is a prime accused. Not just Rakesh Maria, officers at Khar police station probing Sheena Bora murder case were also moved out.

However, it is being said that this has nothing to do with his involvement in investigation of any particular case.

An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who has completed 30 years in IPS is eligible to be promoted as a DGP rank officer. They are promoted on the basis of seniority against the vacancies. The Home Ministry of Government of India decides the DGP posts for each state.

Rakesh Maria was eligible for the post of DGP in 2011 itself. Maria is retiring in December 2016.

An IPS officer has to serve as an SP or in an equivalent charge for the first 12-14 years of his or her career to be promoted as a DIG. After 18 years in IPS, he or she will be promoted to the rank of an IGP. After 25 years, he or she will be promoted to the rank of a ADGP. After 30 years, he or she will get the DGP rank.

The new CP of Mumbai Police Javed Ahmed after taking charge has said that,”Investigation is team work, and now interrogation is over and accused are already in judicial custody.”