Bar owners, politicians know they canít buy Dhoble: top cop
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Backing the unpopular raids on the city's night spots by Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble to the hilt, Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik on Wednesday said that he fully endorsed his actions, and that an "aggressive" crackdown would continue in the city.
Patnaik also said that he was there to serve the majority of Mumbaikars rather than "a mere thousand-odd" party-goers who frequent expensive pubs and bars in the city. Patnaik also vouched for the "impeccable integrity" of his officer, and said that Dhoble had fallen into trouble with bribery and murder charges in the past only because he was not pliable and was the sort who could not be "bought over by bars and politicians".
"He has been targeted unnecessarily, and as the Mumbai Police Commissioner I back my officer fully. I can personally vouch for Dhoble's impeccable integrity. He has my full support in the raids that are being conducted, as it is my mandate to enforce laws. It is not my job to decide which law is an archaic law and which is not. I have instructed him to continue with an aggressive stance against the irregularities, but not to step outside the law. Mistakes may happen, but they should not be mala fide," Patnaik told The Indian Express. "If he (Dhoble) steps outside the law, he will have to face the consequences. He will have to face criminal action," he added.
"Even some politicians are upset because some of the bars raided have links to them. If Dhoble was that sort of an officer, he would have been offered crores of rupees in bribes. But even bar and pub owners are wary of him and know that he cannot be bought by them," Patnaik said.
When asked how he could vouch for an officer who had once been arrested in a bribery case by the Anti Corruption Bureau, and who had faced murder charges in two cases, the Police Commissioner said, "Some of the most corrupt officers have the cleanest of records. Dhoble has fallen into trouble with cases because he is daring and fearless. He is not an amenable or pliable officer, and in the past other officers have ganged up against him to land him in trouble."
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