A Punjab Police head constable was arrested and his wife, a head constable with Chandigarh Police, was booked, here on Friday, for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 40 lakh on the pretext of getting a man recruited as inspector in the state police department.
The accused have been identified as Bachittar Singh and his wife Surinder Kaur, residents of Zirakpur in SAS Nagar.
Bachittar Singh is posted at the office of director general of police (DGP) at Sector 9 in Chandigarh, whereas his wife Surinder Kaur is serving as head constable with the UT Police.
The local police have registered a case against both the accused under Sections 420 (Cheating) and 120 B (Criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and have also imposed relevant sections under the Prevention of Cor ruption Act 1988.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harvinder Singh, who is the investigating officer of the case, confirmed the development and said Bachittar had been arrested and teams dispatched to nab his wife, who was the co-accused in the case.
He added that the accused would be produced before the local court on Saturday, seeking his police custody.
Complainant Sarwan Singh, a resident of Rotoke village in Sangrur, said the accused had given him assurance that he would get his son recruited as inspector in the Punjab Police and had demanded a bribe of Rs 40 lakh.
He claimed that the accused, along with his wife, received the money in advance and ensured to get the work done. Singh, in his statement, said the accused told him that he knew a ‘middleman’ who would get the work done and also told him that the bribe amount would be handed over to him.
The complainant said he met the accused through a relative and the amount of Rs 40 lakh was handed over to him in September, last year.
He said when the accused failed to get his son recruited in the police de par tment, he said he would return the money and had even given them a post-dated cheque of Rs 40 lakh. However, the cheque bounced and, thereafter, he lodged a complaint with the Patiala police.
Relevance of Patiala in the case
Though the complaint is a native of Sangrur and the accused reside at Zirakpur, the deal was finalised in Patiala. Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said according to the complainant’s statement the money was handed over to the accused at Vidya Nagar, opposite Punjabi University, Patiala.
According to the statement, the crime had taken place in the jurisdiction of Patiala and the case was registered accordingly.