//Mumbai Cop building 3 Residential towers!

Mumbai Cop building 3 Residential towers!


Another cop with a salary of Rs 9,000 per month is constructing three residential towers in the city

Ashish Khetan, Mumbai Mirror, Jan 23, 2006

While sub-inspector Daya Nayak is on the run after having allegedly amassed wealth beyond his known sources of income, another cop of inspector rank, Rajesh Dhanawade, with a salary equivalent to that of Nayak — Rs 9,000 per month — is busy constructing three residential towers in the city. Dhanawade, seated in his Worli office that’s in the name of Dhanawade Associates, Builders and Developers, himself told this correspondent who posed as a prospective buyer that two of the towers he’s building are in Worli, while the third is in Goregaon. He then proceeded to give details of these projects.

The Worli towers are coming up opposite the Maharashtra Rifle Club on Sasmira Marg, while the third is being built on MG Road in Goregaon (W) and will be known as the Adi Shakti Co-operative Housing Society, he said. Dhanawade operates from an office on the first floor of one of the Worli towers. Asked about rates for flats in his projects, Dhanawade first spoke about how real estate prices in Worli had gone through the roof, with flats selling at anything betwen Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 per sq ft. Even then, he said, all flats in the twin towers had already been sold. He offered to find a flat for this correspondent elsewhere in Worli. "I stay near Mela hotel in Worli. There are a couple of flats in the area. The buildings are not new but you can expect rates of around Rs 7,000 sq foot," he said.

Then came the Goregaon offer. "But if you want, you can book a flat in my new project coming up in Goregaon. There, I can give you a rate of Rs 3,900 per sq ft," he said in the half-hour conversation that started at 12 noon Sunday.

Dhanawade, who has served at Dadar police station and the Mumbai crime branch earlier, was posted as inspector at Worli police station till a couple of months ago.

From there, he was transferred to Special Branch I. Barely a fortnight ago, he was posted as assistant commissioner of police at the Marol police training centre. An officer of inspector rank, when shifted to Marol training centre, gets the rank of ACP during his stay here. When he comes back to a police station posting, he gets the rank of inspector again. Inspector with a salary of Rs 9,000 per month is constructing three residential towers in the city.

So Dhanawade’s salary, Rs 9,000 as inspector, has only two weeks ago gone up to nearly Rs 21,000. Even then it’s hard to see how he can turn builder, sources said.

Besides, the rules are clear that a government servant cannot engage in any business activity.

Director General of Police P S Pasricha said he did not have details about the matter as he was out of Mumbai but would inquire into it soon as he returned.

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