Gurgaon: Policeman suspended over land grab charge pleads his innocence

The suspended ASI claimed he was being targeted by former Gurgaon cops whom he had paid a bribe of ₹15 lakh for “not putting fake corruption charges” on him.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 16, 2017 22:48 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
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Suspended ASI Raj Singh address mediapersons on Sunday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

“I don’t even know Manjeet Mahal, met him only in Bhondsi jail on Friday,” assistant sub inspector Raj Singh of the Gurgaon police’s crime branch, who was arrested on Thursday in an alleged land grab case, said on Sunday, a day after he was released on bail.

Singh claimed he was being targeted by former Gurgaon police officials whom he had paid a bribe of ₹15 lakh for “not putting fake corruption charges” on him.

The suspended cop, who allegedly asked dreaded gangster Mahal to threaten Rakesh Kumar, on whose complaint the police arrested Singh, conducted a press conference on Sunday afternoon where he claimed that the charges against him were completely baseless.

Singh was arrested after Kumar, a resident of Jhund Sarai village, complained to the Gurgaon police commissioner that Singh was trying to usurp a 500 square yard plot in Sector 45. Kumar alleged that he received threat calls from Mahal on June 27 and then again on June 30 on the plot.

He complained to the CP that Singh had asked Mahal to make these calls and had not registered the plot in his name despite taking ₹20 lakh from him.

Mahal allegedly made these calls from inside the Bhondsi jail. The police swung into action after the complaint was filed.

“I got a call from the CIA on July 13 and went there myself. Had I been in the wrong, would have I gone there voluntarily?” Singh said.

Kumar had also alleged that he was attacked and threatened by Singh on July 10 inside Sector 53 police station in the presence of police officers. Singh rubbished the charge on Sunday.

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Singh said he had received a call from Kumar on July 9, asking him to come to Sector 53 police station. “Kumar and I have are closely related, as his plot is adjacent to mine in Wazirabad. I got a call from him asking me to come to the police station in connection with some case,” Singh said.

“If I had threatened and assaulted him at the police station in the presence of the SHO, then the officer, too, should be booked. If not, the case should be withdrawn,” Singh said.

Sector 53 police station SHO Rahul Dev Singh confirmed that Singh did arrive at the police station that day, but he asked him to go back.

“He was there for a while and when I asked him what was the purpose of his visit, he said he was closely related to Kumar. I asked him to return. There was no altercation between the two,” he said.

Rahul Dev, however, added he was not aware if something happened between the two inside or outside the police station.

Gurgaon police PRO Ravinder Kumar said the investigation into the case was going on and if Singh’s was associated with Manjeet Mahal, “there must be some connection”.

He said a departmental inquiry is on against him. The PRO said he did not want to comment on other allegations against former cops.

This isn’t the first time a case has been filed against ASI Singh.

In August 2015, an FIR had been filed against Singh for alleged corruption and amassing illegal assets worth ₹4 crore. Raids were conducted in his residence in Sector 40 and he and his wife Santosh were booked .

In May 2015, a video had also surfaced in which Singh was seen taking bribes from dumper drivers. Singh claimed the video did not show him taking any money, but checking necessary documents.

“The departmental inquiry put me in the clear. Even in the assets case, I was not at fault. I hold hereditary properties and earn money by renting them out. I will show the papers in the court,” he said.

“I and my wife feel tortured and it feels suicide is the only option left for me,” he said.

First Published: Jul 16, 2017 22:48 IST