Pune, July 30
An audio clip in which a policewoman is heard asking a subordinate to get her mutton biryani at a famous local restaurant without paying for it went viral on social media on Friday.
Maharashtra’s Interior Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said he had asked the Pune Police Commissioner to investigate the matter and submit a report.
“I heard the audio clip, and this is serious business. I asked the police commissioner to investigate and submit a report. After that, the government will take appropriate action,” he said. he told reporters.
In the audio clip, the officer, who is said to have the rank of deputy commissioner, was allegedly heard asking a subordinate which restaurant in Vishrambaug police station sells good biryani. The latter recommended one prepared in “desi ghee” in a famous restaurant.
Vishrambaug Police Station falls under Pune Police Zone I.
She then asked him to order biryani at the restaurant and speak to the local “PI” (police inspector) if the payment issue arose.
“Do we have to pay in our own jurisdiction,” the woman officer heard.
When the subordinate told him that they always pay for food ordered outside, the officer said, “What’s the matter, he (the inspector) will do it since the hotel is under his jurisdiction.”
Later, speaking to a Marathi news channel, the officer claimed the audio clip had been tampered with and surfaced as the process of handing over senior police officials was underway.
“This is a plot against me … there were police officers who had been stationed in the same area for several years. Their financial interests are involved here in the area. Some senior officials who worked here too are involved in this.” , she asserted.
“There are people in the department who want me to come out because after I took over here their activities were shut down,” she said.
She was going to file a complaint with the cybercrime cell because the clip was partly falsified, added the officer. – PTI