MUMBAI: Senior IPS officer Rakesh Maria, a day after being shunted out of the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on Wednesday expressed that he was not thinking of quitting.
“I am not thinking of quitting. The reports that are being spread around the same are not true,” Maria who was actively involved in the investigation of the Sheena Bora murder case as the Police Commissioner said.
Earlier, there were speculations that Maria would step down after his sudden promotion as he was apparently unhappy with the action.
In a shocking decision announced on Tuesday, Rakesh Maria who was heading the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case and had interrogated the accused Indrani Mukerjea and others was moved from his post as the Mumbai Police Commissioner and abruptly promoted as the Director General of Police Home Guards. (Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: It’s not only Rakesh Maria, four other officials handling Sheena Bora murder case transferred)
The position of Mumbai Police Commissioner has now been offered to Ahmed Javed. Ahead of his Japan visit on Monday night, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared both the appointments.
The removal of Maria as the Mumbai Police Commissioner was certain to create a flutter as the man had been probing the death mystery of Sheena Bora and promised to close the case after presenting the reality before people. However, the Maharashtra government climbed down in the evening and claimed that Maria would continue to ‘supervise’ the investigation in the Sheena Bora murder case. (Also Read: Amid Sheena Bora murder controversy, Rakesh Maria removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner, promoted as DG Home Guards)
The decision to move Rakesh Maria from his post was not only criticized by the Opposition Congress and NCP but was suspected to be a political move by the people of India.
On Tuesday, Mumbai Congress claimed that the transfer was initiated because of ‘massive pressure’ from the bosses in New Delhi and corporate houses.
Soon after the decision was announced, several theories around the reasons for Maria’s transfer started doing rounds, however, State Home Department maintained that the alterations in the posts have been made keeping in mind the upcoming Ganpati festival season while rubbishing the suggestions that it had some association with the ongoing investigation in the Sheena murder case.
First Published | 9 September 2015 12:00 PM