FPJ Legal: Man who posed as police and looted man of cash, denied bail

Mumbai: A sessions court on Monday denied bail to a 47-year-old who had posed as a policeman and looted a man of a bag of cash in March this year.

The applicant Shashikant Mhatre, a resident of Sion had claimed bail stating that there is no material to infer his complicity and that his name is not mentioned in the FIR.

The court in its order considered the argument of the prosecution that if he is released on bail, the test identification parade which is pending, will be affected. Additional Sessions Judge BV Wagh said in his order that a test identification parade is required to be conducted to answer the charges against the accused considering their prima facie involvement and the recovery of the booty.

The Navghar police, where the crime was registered, had recovered Rs. 3 lakhs, police uniform, stick and belt from Mhatre and Rs. 3.70 lakhs from his co-accused Nilesh Mishra, a Kalyan resident. Mishra’s bail was also rejected in a joint order.

The court also said that a survey of investigation papers reveals that the informant was looted by the applicants in a secluded place in the lure of illegal enrichment by impersonating as police personnel.

As per the police complaint filed by the informant Jignesh Shah on 10 March this year, he was proceeding on his motorcycle the previous night around 9 PM from Masjid Bunder to Neelam Nagar in Mulund. He had collected money from a businessman and had a bag of cash with him. He was stopped by the two, who were on another bike - Mishra riding and Mhatre in a police uniform riding pillion. Mhatre had demanded to see his documents and mobile phone. They then snatched his bag and fled. He then approached the police.

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