The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) caught one of its own inspectors late on Thursday night while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from a man, who is an accused in a CBI case.
"The inspector, identified as D.K. Thakur, was investigating the case," the agency said.
The agency received a complaint that Thakur, working with the anti-corruption branch of the agency in Delhi, had demanded a bribe of Rs 3.5 lakh from the accused for not arresting him in other connected cases under investigation as well as for not registering a case of disproportionate assets against the wife of the accused, who is a public servant.
After verifying the demand for bribe, a trap was laid and Thakur was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe.
Searches were conducted at Thakur’s residence and Rs 98,000 cash and documents pertaining to properties and investments were recovered, which are under scrutiny.
Thakur, sources said, was probing the multi-crore MCD land scam case. He has been remanded to CBI’s custody till March 31.
The CBI told a city court that the accused was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from Kusum Sehgal, a rakhi sister of Atul Vashisht, an accused in the land scam case, on Thursday.
The accused, sources said, was involved in the investigation of several high-profile cases, including Dheerpur and Molarband land scam cases, which involved Ashok Malhotra.
“The accused has to be questioned about the cash recovered from his Vasant Kunj residence,” sources said.
Sehgal had lodged a complaint with the CBI on March 26 alleging that Thakur had demanded Rs 3.5 lakh as bribe for facilitating the release of Vashisht. She had also alleged that they had already paid a bribe of Rs 50,000 to the accused earlier.