Mumbai - Former top cop of Mumbai, Rakesh Maria, retired after giving 36 years of his life to the police force on Tuesday. The controversial police officer who seen many ups and downs in his career handled many sensational cases.
Maria was in limelight after he took initiative in the Sheena Bora murder case which caused him his prestigious post of Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. He investigated the case with great depth but chief minister Devendra Fadnavis removed him from the post for allegedly trying to shield Peter Mukerjea, an accused in Sheena murder case. On the last day of his service, Maria claimed that CM never took his name and he himself sought his transfer. “No regrets for what happened during Sheena Bora murder case investigation. CM sir never took my name and I had demanded my own transfer,” he clarified.
26/11 terrorist attack
Maria, a brave cop, also commented on the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai. “The officers who became the martyrs in this attack were being honoured. But others had also worked then. Unfortunately, I was posted in the control room and hence feel sad that could not attain martyrdom in that attack.”
Nailing Arun Gawli
Maria had also supervised the investigation in Kamlakar Jamsandekar murder case in which don Arun Gawli was convicted and sentenced to jail term. Maria is satisfied with the judgment in this case.
What Maria regrets?
A man named Pingle was murdered in Dadar many years back. Maria regrets that he could not nab the accused in this case who is roaming free as the case was not opened ever.
What after retirement?
Maria has planned to write a book on his life. He also has plans to work in the field of sports.