In a country where a large section of employment seekers is again turning socialist, demanding government jobs, Mumbai Police has transferred a bodyguard. But you couldn’t call it state intervention in the private sector, as the bodyguard in question is a policeman. The head constable has been in news reports for allegedly earning an unaccounted for Rs 1.5 crore annually. The police head constable, Jitendra Shinde, had been posted as megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s bodyguard in 2015.
Mumbai Police has provided actor and show Kaun Banega Crorepati‘s host Bachchan ‘X’ category security. Therefore, Shinde became a part of that security cover after he was given the responsibility of being the actor’s bodyguard in 2015.
However, as per the guidelines, a police constable cannot continue on the same post beyond five years. Besides, a media report recently claimed that Shinde earned Rs 1.5 crore annual income while being posted as the superstar’s bodyguard.
Shinde said that his wife ran a security agency as well. The security agency provides security to several other celebrities and renowned people.
Sources in the police department said that Shinde was one of the trusted bodyguards and could be spotted with Bachchan as part of his security cover. Police confirmed that Shinde’s wife indeed has an agency, which provides security guards to prominent personalities, they said.
Mumbai Police is now investigating whether Shinde earned the money from Amitabh Bachchan or someone else. Following the controversy, Jitendra Shinde has been transferred to a police station in South Mumbai police district.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is guarded by two constables always ― as jenis entitled to under the X-category security cover. Shinde was one of the favourite bodyguards of Bachchan reportedly. He was seen with him at all places. The constable is now transferred to a police station in South Mumbai.
The state government was verifying whether Shinde had informed authorities about his annual income and his assets and whether he was drawing a second salary from other sources which are prohibited as per the state’s law.
As per Maharashtra’s service rules, a government servant cannot accept a salary from an establishment other than the government while also drawing a salary from the state.