23 January, 2021

His Law Of The Land

Kabhai Chauhan is not only the richest police inspector in the country but a king of scams

His Law Of The Land

In Gujarat, the colour of money is khaki. It's a story that has all the ingredients of a Hindi potboiler and is yet all flesh and blood. Nothing about it is unreal or fantastic. That petty and junior police officials of the state make it big after trawling through the unholy worlds of politics and ill-gotten wealth is no rare occurrence - especially in a state known for its prosperity and enterprise. But even in this ongoing play of many acts, with its lavish standards, the story of Inspector Kabhai Chauhan is fantastic enough to flabbergast the most hardened of cynics. The man, alleged to have amassed a fortune of Rs 400 crore, is reputedly the richest inspector in India today. Listen to the state's director general of police (intelligence), R.N. Bhattacharya, talk, mock-indulgently, like a loving father, when asked about Chauhan: "He'll be the revenue minister of Gujarat one day," he predicts.

The dig is, in all likelihood, taking an ironical dig at the system. But it's his subordinate Chauhan who has actually mocked it in full glory. Using his uniform, his...



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