In a new twist to the Ashwini Bidre murder trial, the Navi Mumbai Police have sent a letter to Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat asking him to prove his attendance at every court hearing.
Mr Gharat said the police asked him to provide details of his presence even though half of his bill is still pending clearance.
“The Navi Mumbai police asked me to prove my presence in court. It is the duty of the police to keep an eye on the case by sending their representatives to court at the time of the hearing. To find out about my presence, you should check the court’s roznama. I am a senior lawyer and if the police intend to offend me by asking such questions instead of paying my bills, I will drop the case, ”said Gharat.
The prosecutor said he was paid for every performance, not based on what was going on in court. In response to the letter from Navi Mumbai Police, Mr. Gharat replied, “I am shocked to read your request to me as you face your responsibility for keeping records on my head. Please note that the police officers concerned and the responsible payment authority have been sending my invoice to the investigating officer since 2003, who receives my certificate of attendance from the chancellor of the court in question. The invoice is then sent to the state treasury and payment is approved by them. I am assuming that you used the same procedure to approve my first invoices. ”
Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Kumar Singh said: “I need to check what the letter is about, but I am sure it is a procedure that will be followed. We have no pending invoices from Mr Gharat. All bills were forwarded to the government. ”
Meanwhile, Raju Gore, Bidre’s husband, claimed this was just one more way to clear hurdles in ending the process. Mr Gore has always claimed that the Navi Mumbai Police have tried from the start to help the accused.
Mr. Gore said, “Three witnesses were produced in court on Friday. Since the investigator, AKP Vinod Chavan, was absent, the witnesses could not be examined. Mr Gharat will drop the case if his bills are not cleared and then the case will suffer and help the defendant who is also a police officer. “
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