The special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court on Saturday convicted two policemen for accepting bribe from a person.
The policemen had threatened to book the complainant in a case if he did not fulfill their demand.
Lalbaug-based businessman Champaklal Jain, a dealer of wireless sets, was arrested by Vasai police station in July 2004 under the Official Secrets Act and Telegraph Act.
However, Police Inspector Ashok Waghmare and Police Sub Inspector Rajendra Phatak had offered to not seek his police custody and grant him bail for Rs 50,000.
After Jain paid them Rs 25,000, the policemen did not seek his police custody and he was remanded to judicial custody and subsequently granted bail.
After Jain was released on bail he paid the policemen the remaining amount of Rs 25,000.
However, after Jain was released on bail Waghmare and Phatak started asking for a wireless set. So Jain filed a complaint with the ACB.
Phatak was caught by ACB when he came to take his wireless set. During interrogation Phatak revealed Waghmare’s name and Waghmare was also arrested.
Accepting public prosecutor Gonsalves’s argument special judge A.L. Pansare convicted Waghmare and Phatak and sentenced them to three years and two years imprisonment respectively. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on both of them.