The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested police inspector Rajesh Shukla, head constable Mukesh Kumar and constable Dilbagh Singh, all posted at the Sector 34 police station, for allegedly accepting Rs 10,000 in bribe from a parking contractor, on Wednesday evening. The arrests were made at the Burail police post, though the cops were caught taking the bribe outside the Sector 34 police station. Shukla is the station house officer.
The parking contractor, Lalit Joshi, the complainant, had filed a complaint with the CBI on September 2, money to be paid every month for allowing him to run the parking lot and had been putting pressure on him to pay up for August and September. He claimed they had allegedly demanded Rs 15,000, with Rs 5,000 to be paid to each of the three cops. Wednesday’s payment was reportedly the ‘first installment’.
“These cops had taken money from me on two occasions, in February and August, for not harassing me,” said Joshi.
The CBI verified the contents and laid a trap. The agency also recorded the call records of the cops over the last one day to link the developments. Joshi alleged that Shukla had been using constable Dilbagh and head constable Mukesh to collect the bribe.
Superintendent of police (SP) of the CBI’s anti-corruption bureau Tarun Guaba said they had laid the trap for constable Dilbagh after they were unable to verify the involvement of the SHO and the constable.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Matters came to a head when Joshi, a resident of Sector 33, arrived outside the Sector 34 police station with the currency notes given to him by the CBI. Meanwhile, the agency’s sleuths kept a close watch from a distance. Joshi, who was accompanied by Mukesh, handed over Rs 10,000 to Dilbagh in the presence of a CBI sleuth dressed in civilian clothes. Soon, Shukla emerged from the police station and the money was handed over to him by the constable.
The three cops then proceeded to the Burail police post where the CBI sleuths nabbed the SHO with the bribe money. When questioned, the constable told the sleuths he had accepted money on the behalf of the SHO.
A case under section 7, of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was later registered on the basis of a written complaint lodged by Joshi. The three cops will be produced in court on September 4.
The three were made to wash their hands as they had handled the chemically manipulated notes, but the hands of head constable Mukesh Kumar did not turn red. The CBI raided the houses of the three cops and recovered cash and investment documents worth Rs 37 lakh from Shukla’s house.