A Thane police sub-inspector has come under the scanner of the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after being accused of demanding a bribe from a Thane resident. ACB officials on Wednesday tried to trap the policeman, but failed, said officers. The officer has, however, been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for demanding a bribe.
According to ACB officers, the accused, Jaywant Patil, is posted with the Naupada police station in Thane. The complainant has in his complaint alleged that Patil had initially demanded Rs 4 lakh and later brought it down to Rs 2 lakh.
“The complainant has alleged that Patil contacted him on March 30 and told him that he would be booked in a copyright infringement and cheating case. The officer then demanded Rs 4 lakh in exchange for not registering the case. Patil repeated the demand on April 15, and this time, after negotiation, settled for Rs 2 lakh, following which the complainant approached us,” said an ACB officer.
The ACB then verified the claims made by the complainant. Acting on the ACB’s instructions, the complainant contacted Patil and expressed willingness to pay the bribe amount. A meeting was then fixed for Wednesday at the police station, where the complainant was supposed to hand over the bribe amount. The entire conversation was recorded by ACB officers, who were monitoring the call.
“On Wednesday, we laid a trap and tried to execute it. However, the accused smelt a rat and refused to touch the money the complainant was offering him. We then registered a case against Patil for demanding a bribe under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Shrinivas Ghadge, ACB, Thane.
The police have now sent the recorded conversation between Patil and the complainant, along with a voice sample from Patil, for comparison to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory. “We will take further action in the matter after we receive reports,” Ghadge added.