The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has alleged that Senior Police Inspector Arun Khanvilkar had asked businessman Manoj Singh to pay Rs 10 lakh if he did not want to be booked in a ‘fake’ case.
Khanvilkar, who headed the Kalachowkie unit of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), was arrested and produced in court on Saturday.
The officer and two other accused, Chetan Desai and Sanjay Kakar, have been remanded in police custody until February 10.
The ACB’s remand application states that Khanvilkar had raided a club at Mulund on December 26 and Singh, who was playing cards there, was the only one to be arrested.
Singh was taken to the Kalachowkie unit of the ATS and allegedly beaten up in front of Desai and Kakar, who were his friends. Khanvilkar allegedly asked Singh to pay Rs 10 lakh failing which he would be arrested in a case registered at Mumbra.
Desai convinced Singh to pay the money. Singh paid Rs 5 lakh to a person at a Borivli hotel and complained to the ACB on December 30. An offence was registered against Singh when he refused to pay the balance.
The ACB said it needed custody of the accused because it wanted to take voice samples and recover the money.