As reported by Chandan Haygunde at expressindia.com May 10, 2010
Pune Gangster Nilesh Ghaiwal, the prime suspect in Sunday’s Dattawadi shootout, was externed by the Pune police from the city and district limits for six months in October 2009, but the state Home Department had cancelled his externment orders in February 2010.
Senior inspector Dilip Chougule of Dattawadi police said Ghaiwal, who was booked in five serious offences, was externed on October 26. “He filed an appeal against the externment order. And on February 11, 2010, his externment order was cancelled from the Mantrayala.”
Activists have demanded a probe into the cancellation of the externment order. Police records show that Ghaiwal, a resident of Shastrinagar Kothrud, was booked in two sensational murders, including that of a businessman Mahendra alias Bablu Kawedai in 2003 and Patit Pavan Sanghatna activist Milind Dhole in 2001.
Ghaiwal had 13 crimes against his name besides being booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Police sources said Ghaiwal had developed political connections, which might have helped him in getting his externment order cancelled.
He had gone back to his criminal activities immediately after his externment orders were cancelled. On March 29, he opened fire on Sumit Naik (20), an aide of Marne, at Shastri Nagar in Kothrud. A complaint in this case was registered at the Kothrud police station, but the police could not arrest him. The Pune police had failed completely in gathering intelligence about his movements.
The accusations of political intervention in cancellation of externment orders are not new. The externment order of Subhash Bhosale, the main accused in the Hinjewadi gangrape case, was cancelled at the government-level. Home Minister RR Patil had instead blamed the cops, saying there could be defects in the externment orders.
Right to Information activist Vivek Velankar of the Sajag Nagrik Manch had, on April 29, sought details of extradition orders issued from April 1, 2008 to April 28, 2010 and those cancelled at the government level. Velankar said the publication of facts regarding the decision of extradition as well as cancellation of extradition was mandatory under Sections 4 (1) (C) and 4 (1) (D) of the RTI Act, 2005.
The police displayed only the names of those externed on its website on May 7. Velankar has again written to the police commissioner, stating that it was obligatory for the police to publish the details of cancellation of these orders, too.
Source: Externment order of prime suspect cancelled in Feb - Express India