'Gandhi specs theft probe far from over'
Times of India
By Soumittra S Bose
NAGPUR: Senior authorities from Pune-based headquarters of state criminal investigation department outrightly rejected the claim of it's Nagpur unit, probing the theft of Mahatma Gandhi's spectacles from Bapu Kuti at Sewagram in Wardha, that the investigation into the case was over.
Earlier, a local state CID source had claimed that their seniors at Pune headquarters did not sanction the proposal of arrests of some of the suspects who have connection with the theft. The state CID officials claimed that no arrests can be made in any case without the approval of the head of the unit, who is an officer of the rank of additional director general of police. This provision is included in the state CID officials, it was learnt through senior officials.
Despite possessing substantial evidences against some of them, all of whom were ashram insiders, the Nagpur unit of state CID could not take them into custody as the file having the detailed report of the probe and seeking permission of arrests is gathering dust at the headquarters. A source from state CID, speaking to TOI, had categorically said that the agency had completed the investigation and now waiting for the permission for arrests.
State CID was roped in to investigate the case in 2011 after around seven months of the theft that had likely to have taken place in November 2010. Following a detailed investigation, the local state CID sleuths had found out that the man who had the keys to the room is likely to be the culprit. The suspect had befriended a French teacher, who frequented the ashram, who the probing officials of the state CID feel had the key to the detection of the case.
Inspector general of police, state CID, D Kanakaratnam had said a day ago that he did not know about any pending sanction about the arrests to be made in the case. Kanakaratnam had claimed that he was unaware of the details since the retired IG Madhav Karve had handled the case. It was not known what Kanakaratnam, who took up the charge from Karve after the latter retired in March, had done with the case in the last two months.
After requesting for some time to look into the case, Kanakaratnam's reply after 24 hours was shocking as he denied the fact that the investigation in the case was over. "Who said the investigation has been over in the case," was his reaction. "It is still under process," he said.