A Chandigarh Police assistant sub-inspector (ASI) was arrested while allegedly taking a Rs 3,500 bribe at the Sector 19 police station here on Wednesday.
The accused, Davinder Prasad Kaushik, was arrested in a raid by the anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He was arrested following a complaint by Amit Kumar, who had accused Kaushik of demanding the bribe to help him out in a case of counterfeit currency.
The ASI, who has been booked under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, had demanded Rs 5,000 from Amandeep, who had been caught while allegedly using a counterfeit Rs 500 note at the Sector 20 market.
Kaushik had gone to the Sector 20 market and threatened Amandeep with a police case if he did not pay up Rs 5,000. The deal was later struck at Rs 3,500.
After receiving and verifying the complaint, a special CBI team raided the Sector 19 police station and arrested the accused red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 3,500. A search was also conducted at Kaushik's house. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday.
This is not the first time Chandigarh Police assistant sub-inspector Davinder Prasad Kaushik has found himself at the centre of a controversy. He was arrested in a similar bribery case by the CBI in 2001 and was put under suspension. Kaushik, however, was later acquitted in the case by the Punjab and Haryana high court. Last year, he was sent to Police Lines, Sector 26, for poor handling of an eve-teasing case.