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Ambani case: Clean chit for ADAG officials

May 1, 2009 15:02 IST

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Railway police on Friday gave a clean chit to three officials of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group whose statements were recorded in connection with the death of Airworks technician Bharat Borge.

These officials had met Borge at Airworks hanger in Kalina on Monday, a day before he was found dead on railway tracks.


Image: Anil Ambani, chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, surrounded by bodyguards, going to cast his vote at a polling centre in Mumbai on April 30.
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
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"We do not suspect the role of these officers in influencing Borge (or) leading to his death. They just casually met him and spoke to him," Prakash Sawant, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Government Railway Police, told PTI.

Borge was the technician who found pebbles and gravels in the fuel tank of Industrialist Anil Ambani's helicopter.


Image: People cross a railway track in Mumbai, Bharat Borge (inset).
Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters
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"In fact, the trio had appreciated Borge after they came to know that he was the person to have discovered pebbles and gravels in the fuel tank of helicopter," the officer said.

The ADAG officials who were given clean chit are: security officer and former DGP K K Kashyap, retired assistant commissioner of police Shailesh Kale and the company's aviation security officer and retired Wing Commander Sawla.


Image: An undated handout photo of a Bell 412 helicopter.
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A letter, purported to have been written by Borge, was also found on his person in which he alleged that Reliance officials had met him and taken down his telephone number.

Borge wrote that he felt he was being "used" and the crime branch probe in the sabotage of Ambani's helicopter was "in right direction."


Image: Anil Ambani and his wife Tina (L) enter the campus of group company Reliance Infocomm Ltd in Mumbai.
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
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