Three Delhi Police personnel have come under the scanner of Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in two separate cases, the first major instance in 2009.
A case was lodged against assistant commissioner Chandra Hass and others after a sting operation established their involvement in spreading/encouraging corruption, illegal detention of the complainant’s brother and botching up a probe into a silver theft case, ACB sources said.
Shakhawat Khan claimed that police from the special cell picked up his goldsmith brother Afzal from his shop on the night of January 29 for interrogation. “The police took Rs 2,87,000 from the shop and extorted Rs 2 lakh and Rs 70,000 from us on separate occasions,” he alleged.
The police detained Afzhal for four days and kept demanding money and threatened to kill him if his family did not pay. “Finally, I approached the ACB and with their help conducted a sting operation,” Khan said. “The officer confessed that the Rs 5,57,000 extorted from us was used to buy 14.5 kg of silver that was planted as evidence.”
“Hass, ACP (Operations) of northwest district and currently posted in the vigilance department, is absconding. His house was searched,” a source said.
In another case, station house officer (SHO) Surya Prakash Rawat and sub-inspector R.K. Tyagi from Bhajanpura police station were arrested on Friday for extorting money from a restaurant owner in Wazirabad area. After he lodged a complaint with the ACB, Deepak Aggarwal conducted a sting operation against the policemen, which showed Tyagi accepting the bribe and established the involvement of the SHO. Aggarwal alleged the cops regularly issued challans against local eateries and extorted money to prevent or delay action.
ACB additional commissioner N. Dilip Kumar confirmed the duo had been arrested.