Sleuths of the vigilance bureau (VB) arrested a head constable, Rakesh Kumar, posted at the Jagatpuri police station, Division Number 4, for allegedly accepting Rs 10,000 in bribe from a cycle cart puller for releasing his disabled son, Amarjit Sahni, who had been detained illegally.
Inspector Nirdosh Kaur, who led the operation, said Mishri Sahni of Jassiyan Road had complained to the vigilance bureau that the head constable had detained his son and threatened to frame him in a cycle theft case, until Rs 10,000 bribe was paid.
Sleuths from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the VB laid a trap and arrested the accused while he was reportedly accepting the bribe. He tried to flee, but was nabbed.
A case under Section 7, 8 and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused, the inspector said.
Borrowed money for bribe: Father
The complainant Mishri Sahni claimed that as the family was poor, he had to borrow from a money lender to meet the demand for the illegal gratification. “My polio-afflicted son bought a second-hand cycle for `3,000 a few days ago. However, the head constable barged into our house and took my son away, claiming that the cycle was stolen. He was detained illegally and thrashed, fracturing his arm and demanded `25,000 as bribe for releasing him. We were threatened with a false case. Finally, I borrowed `10,000 for the bribe, but also approached the vigilance,” he said.