A Delhi court has framed charges of extortion against a suspended crime branch inspector and three others for allegedly extorting money from a businessman in a murder case in 2008.
Special Judge Narottam Kaushal has framed charges of extortion (Section 384 of the IPC) against KG Tyagi, sub-inspector Mukesh Singh and assistant sub-inspector Rajbir Singh of the crime branch as well as advocate Ravinder Chadha.
All four were accused in an extortion case registered on the complaint by one Abhinav Aggarwal, a businessman from Old Delhi. He had alleged that Tyagi had detained his father Gopal Aggarwal in a murder case and conspired with the other three accused to extort nearly Rs 27 lakh for his release.
Charges of extortion and criminal conspiracy have been framed against all the four as the court held that prima facie it appeared that they had all conspired to demand and accept illegal gratification from the complainant.
Separately, the court charged Tyagi under Section 388 (extortion by putting any person in fear of accusation of an offence punishable with death or life imprisonment) and Section 389 (putting a person in fear or accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion) of the IPC.
The court noted that the allegations against Tyagi indicated a rather aggravated form of extortion as fear caused was of an accusation of having committed an offence punishable with death or imprisonment with life.
SI Mukesh, ASI Rajbir and advocate Chadha were also charged under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant) as the court held they accepted or attempted to obtain bribe from the complainant as motive or reward for inducing Tyagi to forbear to do an official act, to show favour to Gopal Aggarwal.