Posted On Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 08:57:07 AM
Provogue owner Salil Chaturvedi
Mumbai - Retired police inspector Subhash Kenjale, charged with falsely implicating Provogue owner Salil Chaturvedi in a 2005 drug possession case, has hired a battery of top lawyers to fight his case in the Supreme Court. Kenjale’s lawyers have filed a special leave petition in the SC, in response to one filed by Chaturvedi that seeks the transfer of the case to the CBI.
Kenjale’s petition asks that the court hear his side of the story first. He had filed a similar petition in the Bombay High Court in October last year, but the court rejected it. Now, the Supreme Court has issued a notice over Kenjale’s petition, and has scheduled the hearing for April 15.
Kenjale has also told the Supreme Court that he is finding it difficult to make ends meet and survives on his meagre pension, a claim that sounds far-fetched given that the combined fee of just three of his lawyers is a mindboggling Rs 15 lakh per appearance (see ‘Crack team’).
Kenjale, who in 2005 was posted at Santacruz police station and was the investigating officer in the drug possession case filed against Chaturvedi, was arrested along with M D Gatade, then senior police inspector of Santacruz police station in August last year.
Chaturvedi’s lawyers had moved the high court, seeking the arrest of a third cop, constable Ashok Bhosle, and asking that the case be transferred to the CBI.
Bhosale was a member of the police team that raided Chaturvedi’s home in 2005, and had personally claimed to have found three grams of cocaine in his bathroom. Bhosale’s name appeared in the state CID’s FIR , filed in 2010, but did not appear on the subsequent charge sheet.
“The grievance stated by the petitioner in the Supreme Court that he is finding it difficult to make ends meet with his meagre pension becomes questionable when they have engaged the top three senior counsels of the Supreme Court.
Under the pretext of intervention application in the past they have tampered with the investigations. Kenjale had forced constable Bhosale to file a retraction application, and they also pressurised DSP Navghe return the investigation file to the state CIDl, go on a long leave and disappear,” said advocate Rizwan Merchant, Chaturvedi’s lawyer.
Salve, a former solicitor general of India, represented Mukesh Ambani in the gas dispute case between him and his brother Anil. According to a leading national magazine, his fee is approximately Rs 4.5 lakh per appearance.
Rohatgi, a former additional solicitor general who represented Anil Ambani in the gas dispute case, Jayalalita in a corruption case, and the Gujarat government in the riots case. His fee is believed to be around Rs 5 lakh per appearance.
Lalit, special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case, represented Salman Khan in the black buck poaching case. His fee is reportedly around Rs 5 lakh per appearance.