Finally, after over four years of being booked in a graft case, two Chandigarh Police sub-inspectors and a trader would face trial under the Prevention of Corruption Act as CBI special judge Vimal Kumar framed charges against them on Thursday.
Charges have been framed against sub-inspector (SI) Sanjiv Kumar, in-charge of the Neelam police post; his colleague SI Ramesh Chand; and Subhash Kataria, a representative of traders of the Sector-17 market, in a corruption case registered in November 2008.
The CBI on November 8, 2008, had arrested Sanjiv, a recipient of President's Medal, along with Subhash of Delhi Jewellers, Sector 17, on the allegations of demanding a bribe of Rs 50,000.
They were arrested on the complaint of Arvind Kumar Pandey, a bookstore owner, who had alleged that Subhash and Sanjiv had demanded Rs 50,000 from him as a “kickback” for evicting his 'tenant' from his shop in the bridge market.
The CBI had first arrested Subhash with the amount and then went to the police post to nab Sanjiv, on whose behalf Subhash accepted the bribe.
After investigations, the CBI made Ramesh Chand an accused in the case as his voice samples matched with the recorded conversation in which demand for bribe was made.
November 8, 2008: CBI lays trap and arrests Subhash with Rs 50,000. Later, Sanjiv is also arrested
November 22, 2008: Accused granted bail
June 2010: CBI files challan
June 6, 2013: Charges framed