In a brand new twist in the Ashwini Bidre homicide trial, the Navi Mumbai Police have despatched a letter to Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat asking him to prove his attendance at every listening to in court.
Mr. Gharat mentioned the police have asked him to furnish the small print of his attendance whilst half of his invoice continues to be awaiting clearance.
“The Navi Mumbai Police have asked me to prove my attendance in court. It is the duty of the police to keep tabs on the case by sending their representatives on the date of hearing to court. To know about my attendance, they should be checking the roznama of the court. I am a senior counsel and if the police department intends to insult me by asking such questions instead of clearing my bills, I will drop the case,” Mr. Gharat mentioned.
The Public Prosecutor mentioned he’s paid for every look and never in accordance to what transpires in court. Responding to the Navi Mumbai Police’s letter, Mr. Gharat wrote, “I am shocked to read your request to me since you are thumping your responsibility of providing records on my head. Please note that since 2003, the procedure followed by the police officers concerned and the competent paying authority is that I send my bill to the investigating officer, who obtains my attendance certificate from the Registrar of the sessions court concerned. Thereafter, the bill is tendered to the treasury and the payment is released by it. I presume that for releasing my first set of bills, the same procedure has been followed by you.”
Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Kumar Singh mentioned, “I will have to verify what the letter is about, but I am sure it would be a procedure that is followed. None of the bills of Mr. Gharat is pending with us. All bills have been forwarded to the government.”
Meanwhile, Raju Gore, the husband of Bidre, claimed that is simply one other manner to create hurdles in the completion of the trial. Mr. Gore has at all times maintained that the Navi Mumbai Police have been attempting to assist the accused proper from the beginning.
Mr. Gore mentioned, “On Friday, three witnesses were produced in court. However, since the investigating officer, ACP Vinod Chavan, was not present, the witnesses could not be examined. Mr. Gharat will drop the case if his bills are not cleared and then the case will suffer, helping the accused who is also a police officer.”