Chavan is one of the four corporators named in the Suraj Parmar suicide case. All four are being investigated for charges of abetment to suicide and criminal misconduct under Prevention of Corruption Act.
A police team led by ACP Dilip Gore had gone to Chavan’s house in Yeour hills as part of the investigations into Parmar’s suicide. While searching they came across 62 bottles of foreign liquor worth Rs 52,200. They were of various brands. When questioned, Chavan was reportedly unable to give a “satisfactory answer” following which a case was registered at the Vartak Nagar police station under section 65 (E) of the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949. The section bars possession of extra liquor beyond what the law permits and makes it a non-bailable offence punishable with between three years and five years in jail.
Harshad Bhadbhade, advocate for Chavan said he would seek regular bail for him on Tuesday before the magistrate where the police will have to produce him for remand. Chavan later showed the police a permit that he had for a birthday party attended by a large number of people and claimed the bottles were from that party. The party was held in January though, it was learnt.
The Act bars possession of more than 12 hard liquor bottles of 750 ml each. Possession of any extra bottles depends on the number of permit holders in the family, said advocate Veena Thadani who has appeared in many bar licences cases. “For each licence, a holder can possess 12 bottles and if he had more than five permits then he would be permitted to have those many.”
“The police team was at his house to investigate abetment to suicide and have registered a case against him and arrested Chavan under the Prohibition Act,” said Gajanan Kabdule, public relation officer of the Thane police.
Chavan’s name featured in the Parmar case recently where the developer had allegedly scribbled his name as those seeking bribe from him. He, along with three other corporators had secured anticipatory bail from the High Court till November 23. They were asked to be present before the examining officer daily and cooperate with the investigations.
Five-time corporator Chavan entered politics in the early 90’s and has had an envious ride from an auto rickshaw driver to a politician. He was arrested under the TADA in the 90’s but that didn’t end his political career. He joined the Raj Thackeray-led MNS party in 2009 but is an an independent corporator now since April when he ceased to be a party member.