In an embarrassment to the district police, Vigilance Bureau (VB) sleuths on Monday nabbed a head constable red-handed while accepting a bribe of rs10,000.
Head constable Sukhwinder Singh was posted as a reader to deputy superintendent of police City-1 Kesar Singh. He was caught while accepting the bribe for cancelling an FIR.
According to information, the VB laid a trap on the basis of a complaint by Sukhdarshan Kumar, a resident of Market Colony, who had been chargesheeted at the civil lines police station.
Claiming to be innocent, Kumar demanded an inquiry and cancellation of FIR. But, Singh asked for a bribe to settle the case.
Kumar then approached the VB, which laid a trap and nabbed the accused red-handed at his office in the presence of government witnesses, including veterinary officer Dr Bikramjit Singh and inspector Chander Shekhar.
A case was registered against the accused under sections of 7, 13, (2) and 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Singh was taken into police custody for further investigation in the case.
A case has been put forth to Patiala senior superintendent of police for Singh's suspension.