The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked one of its deputy superintendent of police (DSP) posted in the agency’s Mumbai branch on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption.
The DSP, Neeraj Agarwal, along with another individual, was booked by CBI after Pradip Shah, the retired head cashier of Bank of Baroda’s Mumbai branch, filed a complaint alleging that the agency official demanded a bribe of ₹50 lakh from him. Not only did the CBI official called him at agency offices, but also sent multiple notices to the family of the complainant, including his wife, according to the FIR.
The other individual booked by the agency for allegedly conniving with Agarwal, has been identified simply as Tiwari, who according to the complainant was introduced to him as an income tax officer.
The retired head cashier alleged that the DSP, along with the other individual, had demanded money in return for settling an income tax case that could be made out against the complainant.
The complainant has told CBI that the amount of bribe demanded by the two was brought down to Rs 35 lakh by them after he told the duo that he couldn’t possible arrange the amount demanded from him.
Probe documents with HT state that the complaint by Shah was filed on April 22 following which CBI laid a trap and recorded conversation between Shah and Tiwari where the latter is demanding Rs 4 lakh as the first instalment of the total Rs 35 lakh.
All through April, Shah and his family was repeatedly summoned by the duo who finally set May 8 as the final day for payment. Agarwal had allegedly even told Shah that he would have to submit his so called report on him by April 28.
Shah finally approached the CBI which swung into action and has now booked the two accused and unknown others.