Cops who escorted the judge while intoxicated were fired

PUNE: Police commissioner Satyapal Singh on Wednesday night dismissed two policemen who, under the influence of liquor, had escorted a special judge of the district and sessions court in 2007.Assistant sub-inspector Anand Khake and constable Nisar Musa Mulla, both attached to the Pune police headquarters at Shivajinagar, had been entrusted with the responsibility of providing security to then judge B N Deshpande, who was presiding over the special court set up under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Deshpande was conducting a trial against suspects involved in organised crime.The dismissal order states, “The judge residing at 7, Gulmohar on Queen’s Garden road and who had inspected the policemen on duty had found them under the influence of liquor on July 12, 2007.”After the policemen were indicted in a departmental inquiry, the police chief slapped dismissal notices on them and also asked them to explain why they should not be removed from service.The policemen, in their reply, had appealed to Singh to take a lenient view and send them into compulsory retirement instead of dismissing them. However, Singh decided to dismiss them.Singh’s order states: “The policemen were given a hearing at the Pune police headquarters, but they did not avail of the opportunity nor were they found at their residence when a search was conducted in the presence of witnesses.”Singh observed that “the policemen did not have a good service record. If no action had been taken against the policemen, it would have sent the wrong message to the police department, according to him.The policemen were dismissed under sections 25 and 26 of the Bombay Police Manual, and they have 60 days to appeal their dismissal.On April 14, four policemen were fired from their positions in a 2001 case in which an MCO was involved.

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