19 years on, still wait­ing for jus­tice

Former cop, who had fi­nally got his brother ar­rested for a 1998 as­sault, says court has ad­journed case de­spite all ev­i­dence in place

Mid Day - - CITY - VINOD KU­MAR MENON vin­odm@mid-day.com

DE­SPITE get­ting his brother ar­rested in Jan­uary, for se­ri­ously as­sault­ing him 19 years ago, re­tired as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vit­thal Kadam, 66, is still a dejected man. On Satur­day, the And­heri Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mag­is­trate court ad­journed the mat­ter un­til the first week of De­cem­ber. Kadam al­leges that the ev­i­dence he had gath­ered against his brother, Ne­taji Kadam, was not even taken into ac­count.

Bat­tle in court

Kadam has been fight­ing a court bat­tle against his brother, a re­tired lieu­tenant colonel in the In­dian Army, and his sub­or­di­nate, who had phys­i­cally as­saulted him over a prop­erty row in 1998. mid-day had re­ported about Ne­taji Kadam’s ar­rest on Jan­uary 19.

Speak­ing to mid-day, Kadam said, “On Satur­day, I went to in­form the court that my brother had lied on oath when he said he was un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Pune and that he doesn’t have prop­erty in Mumbai, two grounds on which he has sought re­lief in his con­di­tional bail. Now, with three months’ ex­ten­sion, he has time to tam­per with ev­i­dence.”

‘Ev­i­dence that brother is ly­ing’

Kadam said, “My brother still owns the flat, the same house in which he as­saulted me 19 years ago, at Oshi­wara. Also, he has said he lives in Bel­gaum, yet his sub­mis­sion to the court was that he has to un­dergo daily treat­ment for his paral­y­sis at a mil­i­tary hospi­tal in South­ern Com­mand, Pune. How is it pos­si­ble for him to travel 400km daily from Bel­gaum to Pune and back?”

Mean­while, the same court is­sued an ar­rest war­rant on Septem­ber 7 to ar­rest Ne­taji’s sub­or­di­nate, who is a wanted ab­scond­ing ac­cused in the as­sault case. A po­lice team from Oshi­wara has left for Jammu & Kash­mir, where the ac­cused is be­lieved to be liv­ing post re­tire­ment.

Shub­hash Khanvilkar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor, Oshi­wara po­lice sta­tion, said, “Our team is seek­ing as­sis­tance from lo­cals to trace the ac­cused, Kabir Ahmed Qureshi, and he will be ar­rested soon.” When asked the rea­son for the de­lay in ar­rest­ing Qureshi, he said, “We did not have his where­abouts ear­lier. Also, Ne­taji is out on bail and the po­lice have sub­mit­ted their charge sheet in the case.” Kadam plans to write to the Chief Jus­tice of the Bom­bay High Court with ev­i­dence. “I will be ex­pos­ing the lo­cal po­lice and few mag­is­te­rial court staff, who did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to ben­e­fit the ac­cused.”

Vit­thal Kadam

The flat at Oshi­wara that is still in Col Ne­taji Kadam’s name

mid-day’s re­port on Jan­uary 19

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