Less than a week after three Chandigarh police personnel, including the then station house officer of Sector 34, inspector Rajesh Shukla, were nabbed accepting a “monthly” bribe, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) nabbed another policeman, traffic wing head constable Paramjit Singh, for accepting `1,000 “bribe instalment” from an auto-rickshaw driver on Tuesday afternoon.
Paramjit was arrested near the Kisan Bhawan roundabout in Sector 35 after he allegedly accepted the bribe wrapped in paper. Paramjit had sought the money from auto driver Narottam to allow him to ply his SAS Nagar-registered auto in the city without the required permit. Earlier, on September 2, the cop had stopped Narottam and asked for money. But Narottam did not pay him bribe and was challaned for plying without permit and other documents. He had to pay `4,000 as fine to get back his vehicle.
Narottam approached the CBI on Tuesday. The auto-rickshaw driver said the cop had asked for `1,200 per month but the deal was finalised at `1,000. The trap was thus laid by the CBI and the cop was arrested red-handed, said Tarun Guaba, superintendent of police (SP), CBI’s anti-corruption bureau. The CBI is looking into the angle if the cop was accepting money from other auto drivers too on the same pretext.
On September 3, inspector Rajesh Shukla, head constable Mukesh Kumar and constable Dilbaj Singh were arrested by the CBI for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe from a parking contractor.