The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), on Thursday, trapped senior inspector of Vile Parle police station NJ Patil while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000. He had demanded this as his commission for approving the renting out of a tea stall in the area.
According to the ACB, the complainant in the case is in the business of purchase-sale of hutments in the area. He had recently purchased a tea-stall in the Sanjay Gandhi Nagar slums and wanted to rent it out after renovating it.
A neighbour of the complainant introduced him to Patil at the police station. During the course of the conversation, Patil learnt that the complainant wanted to rent out his tea stall. He allegedly told him he had helped a woman occupy the stall when he was posted as a sub-inspector at Vile Parle a decade ago. The complainant had purchased it from the same lady.
Patil then demanded Rs 50,000 as commission from the deal, which the complainant paid. However, Patil kept demanding more money from the complainant by threatening to book him under the slumlord act.
Angered, Patil moved the ACB. Following investigation, an FIR was lodged and on the ACB’s advice, the complainant agreed to pay Patil Rs 15,000. When Patil came to receive the money on Thursday, a waiting ACB team in plainclothes grabbed him and arrested him.