Mumbai police sources on Tuesday said it was proving difficult to gather evidence against inspector Sanjay Shinde to book him for allegedly helping Vijay Palande escape and that the officers dismissal from service was more likely.
According to sources,the main hurdle was to find evidence that Shinde had colluded with Palande,or that he knew the latter had carried out the two murders.
There is not enough evidence at this stage to enable us to book him in a criminal case. At the most,he can be booked for withholding information about Palandes real identity to the Amboli police when he sent Palande to them as Karan Sood. However,this would result in a light punishment, said a Mumbai police officer.
The harsher punishment would be dismissal from service under Article 311 of the Constitution, hinted the officer.
After Palande escaped from police custody when he was being escorted from the Mumbai Police headquarters in Crawford Market to a Crime Branch unit in Andheri (East),Shinde was transferred from Unit 8 to the less important administrative department of the Crime Branch. Shindes brother is married to Palandes elder sister.
A departmental inquiry was conducted by assistant commissioner of police Arvind Mahabadi to ascertain whether Shinde had helped Palande escape from custody,and whether he aided Palande in any other way at any stage.
On April 23,the state government suspended Shinde and constable Amol Deshpande for alleged misconduct.