“I am not thinking of resigning. Reports saying so are not true,” Maria told PTI on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday afternoon Rakesh Maria, who was heading the high profile Sheena Bora murder case was promoted with immediate effect to be made the Director General of Police (Home Guards).
There was much outrage and cynicism after the decision to remove Maria from the probe. Not just the public, even opposition parties in the state – NCP and Congress – cried foul. Therefore, the Maharashtra government climbed down and came out with a statement that said that despite promotion, Maria will continue to supervise the murder case which involves media baron Peter Mukerjea’s wife Indrani Mukerjea.
“Investigation is 95 per cent complete. There will be no implication for the investigation. I don’t think the direction of investigation will change if Maria is not at the helm. If he wants (still) to handle the case, the choice is open,” said Minister of State for Home, Ranjit Patil.
Mumbai Congress had alleged that Maria’s transfer was prompted by “undue pressure” from bosses in Delhi and corporate houses.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government said that Maria’s early transfer was made taking into account the law and order factor ahead of the Ganapati festival. Maria was due for a promotion at the end of September.
“We need to give the new man (Javed) at least ten days to settle down. Smooth conduct of the Ganesh festival is a challenge for the Mumbai police,” Patil explained.
Maria has been replaced by Ahmed Javed, a DG-rank official. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared both the appointments before he left for Japan on Monday night.
(With inputs from PTI)