The subsidiary intelligence unit of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) is probing the role of an IPS officer, currently posted with the Delhi Police, after a complaint was received that the officer’s personal assistant allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 15 lakh from a south Delhi-based businessman to help resolve a Rs 50-crore land dispute.
Sources told The Indian Express that the businessman recently approached senior officers of the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs with his complaint. “The complainant claimed that he approached the PA in connection with a land dispute. He asked him for help, but initially the PA demanded Rs 50 lakh from him,” sources said.
The complainant had several communications with him and recorded all phone calls, wherein the PA allegedly demanded money saying the dispute could be resolved only after directions from the senior officer. “The deal was allegedly struck at Rs 15 lakh and the complainant later met the PA in person. However, he refused to pay the bribe at the time,” police sources said.
Sources said the businessman later made several complaints, which prompted the PA to allegedly threaten him. “He later gave his complaint to the MHA, and it was forwarded to the subsidiary intelligence unit, asking them to conduct an internal inquiry into the matter,” sources said, adding that the complainant has submitted audio recordings of all phone calls to investigators.
A senior police officer said that the IB’s subsidiary intelligence unit only deals with inquiries related to IPS officer, and reports are then submitted to the MHA. When contacted, senior Delhi Police officers refused to comment on the matter.