Updated May 31st, 2024 at 09:31 IST

Pune Porsche Crash: Retired IAS Officer Arun Bhatia Urges MHRC To Transfer Top Cop Amitesh Kumar

Two IT professionals were killed in the early hours of May 19 in Kalyani Nagar in Pune after a Porsche allegedly being driven by a minor rammed into their two w

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New Delhi: A retired IAS officer has urged the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission to transfer Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar alleging that top-level corruption has witnessed in the May 19 Porsche crash incident which claimed the lives of two IT professionals.

In this case, police officials and senior doctors (including) the chief medical officer of the largest government hospital (Sassoon) in Pune have colluded to save a criminal, claimed retired IAS officer Arun Bhatia. The basic and standard norms of investigation were discarded and time was made available to the culprits to concoct a defence, he said in his letter demanding action against Amitesh Kumar.

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He said that for impartial investigation to follow, it is necessary to transfer the Pune top cop Amitesh Kumar out of the city immediately. He also demanded investigation against the "conduct" of Amitesh Kumar.

What Arun Bhatia said in his letter?

In his letter, the retired bureaucrat sought to highlight the “vulgar, primitive and frightening exhibition of police corruption and dirt at the top level administration engaged in destroying evidence to save the driver who killed two people”. "I invoke your intervention in this case because it has jolted us, increased our insecurity and shown us the terrifying face of our governance and democracy. Corrupt officials and harassed citizens are now a part of every-day life," he said in his letter to the MHRC chairman.

"Since we have ignored this, the corruption is now pervasive, unsparing and institutionalized. It is not just one official who is evil; the entire officialdom is so. When this union of officials happens and departments combine they become impregnable. The isolated citizen has no chance against this adversary," said Bhatia.

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"The blood sample for testing alcohol consumption was delayed by the police for more than six hours; the police fed him pizza in the police station before the blood test, then the sample was destroyed by the doctors and replaced; the recording of statements of witnesses and car occupants was delayed and so on," the letter added.

Lapses in Pune Porsche Crash

Two IT professionals were killed in the early hours of May 19 in Kalyani Nagar in Pune after a Porsche allegedly being driven by a minor rammed into their two wheeler. CCTV footage shows the minor drinking alcohol at a bar before the accident, however, the blood sample showed no traces of alcohol. The Pune Police, investigating the matter, has not been accused of delaying the collection of blood sample, but it has also been alleged that minor's blood samples were swapped with that of his mother.

While the 17-year-old minor allegedly involved in the accident has been sent to an observation home, his father, realtor Vishal Agarwal and grandfather Surendra Agarwal have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping the family's driver and putting pressure on him to take the blame.

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Published May 31st, 2024 at 09:31 IST