After allegations of acquiring properties in Dharamsala and Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh emerged against his family, inspector Rajesh Shukla, suspended Sector-34 police station house officer (SHO), has claimed that these assets were gifted to his wife by her parents.
Shukla told this to his lawyer SPS Bhullar who had sought permission from the court to speak to the suspended police officer.
Meanwhile, a special CBI court on Saturday sent Shukla along with head constable Mukesh Kumar and constable Dilbaj Singh, who were arrested on graft charges on Wednesday, to judicial custody.
The CBI on Wednesday evening had arrested 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.
The arrests were made at the Burail police post, though the bribe was handed over outside the Sector-34 police station.
The parking contractor at Sector-34, Lalit Joshi, the complainant, had approached the CBI on September 2, alleging that the cops had been demanding monthly payment for allowing him to run the parking lots and had been pressing him to pay for August and September. They had allegedly demanded Rs 5,000, ostensibly fixed at Rs 5,000, for each of the three policemen. Wednesday’s payment was reportedly the ‘first installment’.
Shukla’s counsel Bhullar said, “Shukla’s wife was questioned for about three hours about the properties in Himachal Pradesh. During her questioning, no female CBI staff was present. She was forced to say that the properties belonged to Shukla even after she had told them that these properties were gifted to her by her father.”
Bhullar added that CBI has also been given details about Rs 20 lakh in their bank account.