Mumbai: Court orders action against retired cop who turned hostile during trial

A magistrate’s court has ordered action against a retired policeman who turned hostile in court after filing a complaint against a man involved in a road accident that had caused a biker’s death in 2011. It directed a complaint against the cop for making false charges.

The court had to acquit the accused Sagar Mayekar, 68 - owner of a white Fortuner car that had hit the motorcycle as there was not sufficient evidence to prove his guilt.

Magistrate SA Bajaj said in his judgment, “It is important to note that the informant is a retired public servant but he has not supported the prosecution. He has given evidence in a very casual manner by saying that he does not know anything about the accident.” It further stated that it seems he has intentionally lodged false report and thereby set the criminal law in motion. It said it is necessary to take action against him and ordered the clerk of the court to file a complaint against him for making false charges.

In court, informant Suresh Walzade had deposed after his retirement and had not supported his own complaint. He said he did not remember anything about the incident nor the contents of his FIR. He was cross-examined, but said he does not remember if he had admitted the victim to the hospital or remember the car driver’s name. The road accident victim’s father, an auto driver, too had turned hostile during the trial.

The court said, about Walzade’s evidence, “As per the contents of the FIR, the informant was on patrolling duty and he witnessed the alleged incident and also saw the accused at the time of the accident and took the injured in the car of the accused to the hospital. But he deposed before the court that he does not know anything about the accident.”

Walzade was Head Police Constable at Bhandup police station on August 11, 2011, when the mishap had taken place. In his FIR, he had said that he was on patrolling duty when he had witnessed the accident. Further, he had stated that he and other policemen had taken the victim Prathamesh Mahadik to Mulund General Hospital. Mahadik, who had sustained injuries to the back of his head and chest, died two days later.

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