An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a head constable of economic offence (EO) wing of Ludhiana police commissionerate have been booked for allegedly extorting `2 lakh from an industrialist for helping him get back his jewellery that was confiscated by the police during his arrest.
The accused have been identified as ASI Gurkewal Singh and head constable Jaswant Singh.
The victim, Umesh Kumar of Aggar Nagar, had filed a complaint in the matter to the police commissioner in August.
Kumar had submitted that the Division Number 5 police had registered a case under sections 177 (furnishing false information), 420 (cheating), 465, 467, 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against his brother Raman Garg on July 26, 2013, following the complaint of excise and taxation officers ML Sharma, Pawanjit Singh and Amit Mittal.
The police had raided his house on July 28 and confiscated gold and diamond jewellery from his home.
They had in January moved court for return of the jewellery, following which head constable Jaswant Singh contacted him on May 15 and demanded `1 lakh from him for helping him get his jewellery back.
Later, ASI Gurkewal Singh, who is reader to incharge, economic offence wing, called him and demanded `3 lakh assuring to mould the case in his favour. Thereafter, he paid `2 lakh to the two cops.
Garg alleged that despite him paying `2 lakh, the cops' demands kept increasing, and when he refused to yield, they threatened him with dire consequences.
Taking note of his complaint, deputy commissioner of Police (DCP) Nilambari Jagdale conducted an inquiry, following which the Division Number 8 police booked the duo under sections 7 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The accused are at large.