Cop who played SIMI conduit in 2001, faces dismissal charges
Syed Khalique Ahmed
Friday , August 29, 2008
Ahmedabad, August 28 Police constable Haneef Hashim Multani (47) is facing dismissal charges for allegedly helping and providing shelter to SIMI activists during a 2001 meeting in Surat. Multani was last posted at the Rajkot Police Headquarters. The police have now served him a notice and asked as to why his services should not be dismissed.
Rajkot police Commissioner Sudhir Sinha, before whom Multani appeared in person and made verbal submissions in reply to the notice, is likely to pronounce his verdict within a fortnight as per departmental rules.
“The case is now in its final stages and an order is likely to be issued in the next 20 days,” Sinha told Newsline over the phone from Rajkot. At present, Multani is under suspension and withdrawing 75 per cent of his salary as per government rules.
Multani was posted in the Surat Traffic Police when the SIMI organised an educational awareness meeting in the city. The police raided the Rajshree Hall, the venue of the meet even before the meeting began on suspicions that a conspiracy was being hatched there.
The police arrested as many as 123 people belonging to SIMI from the venue. Multani, who had managed to escape, was subsequently arrested, suspended and put in jail for five months.
SIMI activists had said it was an educational awareness meet organised by the All India Minority Education Board. Elsewhere, the court released all the accused, including a university professor, on bail, as the police were unable to recover any incriminating material from their possession.
Multani too was granted bail by the court and reinstated, but transferred to Rajkot. But he did not join for two years and when he finally resumed duty, he was posted to the Rajkot City Police Headquarters, which is generally considered a ‘punishment posting’.
Later, a departmental inquiry was initiated against him for unauthorised absence from duty for 782 days, including the days spent in incarceration.
Treating the charges against him “as proved,” the presiding officer submitted his report to Sinha and the latter issued a dismissal notice, along with a suspension order, four months ago. Sinha said he was aware of the matter and will now take a decision on the report as he has heard the contention of the constable as well.
Sinha further said that while many policemen, including constables, sub-inspectors and inspectors, even in the local Intelligence Bureau are allowed to grow beards, Multani apparently did not seek such permission.