A special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court on Friday convicted a senior police inspector for taking bribe from a man in exchange for not registering a serious offence against him.
Somnath Gughe, a former senior inspector of the Parksite police station, had demanded Rs. 80,000 from complainant Dinesh Rajbarge, for not invoking provisions of the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against him.
According to the complaint, Rajbarge, a stable owner, had several cases filed against him with regard to squabbles with residents with the Parksite police.
In June 2010, Mahendra Singh Chauhan, a friend of Rajbarge who was helping him fight these cases in court and with other legal matters, came to know that the police was contemplating invoking the MPDA Act against him. The complaint alleged that when Chauhan and Rajbarge went to the Parksite police station to inquire about the cases, Ghuge demanded Rs1 lakh from him for not invoking the MPDA Act.
Chauhan then filed a complaint against Ghuge with the ACB, which laid a trap on June 24 that year and caught Ghuge accepting Rs80,000 from Rajbarge.
The public prosecutor in the case, Deepak Laddhe, examined four witnesses, including the complainants and police officials to prove the case against Ghuge.