Well-known Mumbai RTI activist lodges complaint against restaurant owner

DB Marg police officials fail to register an FIR or even an NC

Mumbai: The DB Marg police station is yet to register FIR or Non-Cognisable complaint despite well-known RTI activist Chetan Kothari having submitted a written complaint against a restaurant owner/manager who is illegally constructing a brick partition in a commercial building located near French Bridge in the Opera House area.

63-year-old Kothari told FPJ that the restaurant owner/manager has threatened him with dire consequences if he does not stop raising his voice against the illegal construction inside the restaurant named Tool House Cafe, which is located on the ground floor of Kothari’s office in the building.

“I have given written complaint to Senior PI of D B Marg police station but no case has been registered against anyone till date,” said Kothari.

When FPJ approached the Senior PI of the police station PandurangShinde regarding the matter, he said, “Kotahri visited the police station but I told him candidly to give a written complaint to duty officer but we have not received any written complaint yet. So we can’t force any complainant to give a written complaint.”

Kothari has already submitted a written complaint to DB Marg police station way back on May 31 and dispatch writer of the police station has received the complaint two-page letter on the same day at 12:15pm (the copy of the letter is in possession of FPJ).

“The Senior PI of DB Marg police station is telling a white lie. I strongly believe that he has taken under-table money to suppress the matter,” said Kothari.

“The restaurant owner/manager initially tried to bribe me to remain out of this matter but since I denied accepting the money (Rs.5 lakh) from him, so now he has threatened me thrice to kill me,” Kothari told FPJ and added that he has also written two-page letter to DCP Zone 2 Sandeep Karnik (the letter is in the possession of FPJ).

The activist further added that three young boys, who claimed to be MNS workers, visited his office on the third floor of the same building on June 20 and they threatened to face dire consequences.

“DCP Karnik has told me that he has already directed his subordinates to lodge trespassing case against the three boys who visited my office and an NC against the owner/manager of the restaurant,” said Kothari, who further added that till now no case has been registered yet.

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