The questioning to two Delhi Police personnel, arrested for allegedly extorting Rs 3 crore from a money carrier last week, has revealed that four of their colleagues in the crime branch may have taken money to cover up the crime.
Last Tuesday, head constable Umedh and constable Parvinder, posted at Kanjhawala Police Station, allegedly waylaid the vehicle of Shaligram, who was carrying the cash of a local ‘hawala’ dealer or money launderer. The two allegedly intimidated him on the Geeta Colony flyover and fled with Rs 3 crore, but were arrested on Friday.
During their interrogation, it was revealed that four others — an inspector, two sub inspectors and a head constable — were involved in the incident and had been paid to hush up the matter.
“More than Rs 1.5 crore was recovered from the arrested personnel. When asked about the rest of the money, they said they had paid around Rs 1 crore to a group of crime branch personnel as a ‘fee’ for helping them hush up the matter,” said a senior officer from the department, who did not want to be named.
Sources say Umedh and Parvinder had approached the four officers for advice on how to launder the money. The four officers were questioned over the weekend.
However, Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP (crime), refuted: “These allegations are baseless. One suspect is missing and is being tracked.”