DGP report wants advisory note issued to two cops

Exam cheating case Report submitted to HC says Salunkhe was harassed, persecuted as woman and SC person by colleagues.

The Maharasthra Director General of Police's report to the Bombay High Court inquiring into former professor at Siddharth College Chitra Salunkhe's allegations of misconduct by senior police officers has absolved five IPS officers and recommended issuing of advisory notes against Superintendent of Police MM Rathod for not applying his mind and then DCP Zone-I Brijesh Singh for giving incorrect information to Salunkhe and his casual attitude. It has also noted that Salunkhe "has been harassed and persecuted over the years, both as a woman and a scheduled caste person, by her colleagues...in Siddharth College."

K Subramanyam was the Maharashtra DGP when the report was submitted to the High Court on July 24. He retired July end.

Salunkhe had earlier this year approached the High Court claiming that K L Bishnoi, currently serving as Inspector General (Protection of Civil Rights), cleared a law examination in spite of remaining absent for a practical examination. Seven IPS officers attempted to shield Bishnoi at various points of time, she said. According to her, they were: Joint Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, Sanjay Saxena, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria, Additional Commissioner of Police (West Region) Vishwas Nangre-Patil, Brijesh Singh (now Additional Commissioner of Police - Traffic), Additional CP (South) Naval Bajaj and Additional Director Generals of Police Pankaj Gupta and MM Rathod.

Reacting to the report, Chitra Salunkhe said, "Although the report has admitted that I have been harassed over the years, it has not given any proper grounds for why officers named by me have not been found guilty of misconduct. I will place my stand in my affidavit before the High Court."

On the root issue of Bishnoi allegedly not appearing for his examination, the report states, "I find that it is not possible to determine with total clarity as to whether or not Shri K L Bishnoi actually appeared for the viva-voce examination...But in view of the clean chit given to him by the university as well as the judicial enquiry conducted by honourable judge Smt Swapna Joshi, I feel this matter may be rested."

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