A sub-inspector of Malwani police station was caught on Thursday while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs40,000 from a real estate agent for closing an inquiry against him, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Friday.
ACB sources said that PSI Vaibhav Patil was arrested at his residence in the police colony at DN Nagar while he was accepting the bribe.
According to sources, a written complaint was lodged against the real estate broker by one of his clients at the Malwani police station over delay in payment of Rs1 lakh that had been given as token money for the purchase of a flat.
Patil was the investigating officer in this matter and sources said that he had on several occasions summoned the estate agent and contacted him over telephone during the course of the inquiry.
The agent finally agreed to return the money (Rs1 lakh) to the complainant so as to close the inquiry against him.
However, Patil allegedly demanded Rs1 lakh to settle the matter, to which the real estate agent disagreed.
After bargaining, the real estate agent agreed to pay Rs20,000 and gave it to Patil.
Patil was still not satisfied and he allegedly demanded another Rs50,000 from the real estate agent. Exasperated, the real estate broker then approached the ACB with a complaint against Patil.
"The victim, who agreed to give Rs40,000 to Patil as first instalment, lodged a complaint with ACB, which laid a trap and caught the sub-inspector," additional police commissioner Niket Kaushik said on Friday.
Following inquiry, an FIR was lodged against Patil. As per the ACB's direction, the real estate broker agreed to pay Rs40,000.
On Thursday, when the real estate broker came to pay the bribe amount to Patil at his residence, the waiting ACB sleuths closed in on him and arrested him.
He has been remanded to ACB custody.