Express Exclusive: The money trail, from the suspect and back

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Payback

Shenoy was under threat to return the money. He returned Rs 1.765 crore in India and the rest was paid out of proceeds of land in Dubai. The amount in India was paid in six instalments — Rs 25 lakh (August 4), Rs 48.50 lakh (August 9), Rs 23 lakh (August 23), Rs 20 lakh (September 20), Rs 30 lakh (September 20) and Rs 30 lakh (October 1).

Roles

A reasonable inference can be drawn that Amitabh Thakur allowed/encouraged Rajesh Ranjan to act as a middleman rather than counting as a good friend who should not meddle in official matters. Thakur had enough hints that his proximity and friendship were being exploited. The fact that Thakur did not stop Ranjan gives reasonable, rather strong, suspicion that he himself had allowed Ranjan to act on his behalf. The role of Ranjan and Shenoy is that of middlemen who struck a deal on behalf of their respective friends... The statements (of witnesses) give credence to the (inference) that Ranjan was indulging in parking of the money.

Disbelief

...Chargesheeting of Chudasama and Patel was eventually ordered and CBI parties went to their homes. The reaction of these people was of the nature that "despite money being paid, the commitment by the concerned officers was not honoured". The return of money by Shenoy to Chudasama through Hemraj Waghela substantiate the dubious deal.

CASE DIARY

THE KILLINGS: Sohrabuddin Sheikh killed on November 26, 2005, allegedly in a fake encounter after being abducted with his wife Kausar Bi, who too is killed two days later.

4 civilians

Among those accused by the CBI — Amit Shah, Yashpal Chudasama, Ajay Patel, Raju Jeerawala. Shah and Jerawala on bail

15 arrested

All policemen, 5 IPS officers

Among arrested — Abhay Chudasama, D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, N K Amin, and Dinesh M N, then SP Udaipur

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