Let Me Say it Now is the story of Rakesh Maria’s entry into the elite Indian Police Service (IPS) and his meteoric rise to the coveted post of Mumbai’s Police Commissioner.
Breaking his silence for the first time, Maria reveals how he had to shrug off the pressure he was subjected to by his political masters. He delves into the challenges he faced during his groundbreaking investigation of the 1993 serial blasts and the vicious 26/11 terror attack. Maria’s strict sense of duty saw him having to deal with constant media spotlight, regular transfers and the ire of self-proclaimed social activists. Maria also makes startling revelations about how the then ruling party had hatched a plan to frame the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to peddle their fake narrative about Hindu terror in order to draw a false equivalence with rampant Islamic terror.
The spine-chilling Sheena Bora murder case came to light just as he was about to complete his tenure. True to his reputation, Maria left no stone unturned and brought the influential accused to justice. His hard work was rewarded with yet another transfer, which became the subject of a huge controversy. He was harassed, just like every public servant who refuses to bow down to rules of hierarchy. Yet he remained steadfast in his job, unearthing one scandal after another.
For the first time, Maria has decided to come out with his side of the story. He explains and justifies the choices he made during his illustrious but controversy-marred career. Let Me Say it Now is the candid memoir of a police officer about the criminal justice system and the socio-political set-up it operates in.
Genre: Biographies & Autobiographies
Published: February 2020
Number of Pages: 624
Language: (Indian) English
Author: Rakesh Maria