A police inspector with the Mumbai police, who was trapped and arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while allegedly accepting a bribe from a hotelier Thursday, was found to have close to Rs 5 lakh cash in his locker. The ACB has initiated further inquiries into the source of the money.
The ACB will now conduct a detailed evaluation of the value of Dalvi’s assets and compare it against his income to check if there are enough grounds to register a disproportionate assets case against him.
According to ACB officials, the accused, police inspector Raghunath Dalvi, was posted with the Malad police station in northern Mumbai.
“The complainant runs a hotel in Malad, which was raided by the Malad police earlier this week and some of his employees were charged under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code. He approached us alleging that Dalvi was demanding Rs 25,000 in exchange for releasing them on bail. We verified his claims and then set about laying a trap. Dalvi was caught red handed at the police station while accepting the bribe from the complainant, with a civilian, Manohar Bhandari, acting as a mediator, and they were both placed under arrest,” said an ACB officer.
The ACB then proceeded to conduct a search of Dalvi’s office and residence, as is the normal procedure after any trap.
“In a cupboard in Dalvi’s office, we found Rs 4,90,500 in cash. He was unable to account for this money, and we have taken it in our custody,” added the officer.
“We have also found that he has two flats in the Thakur Complex in Kandivali. One of them is in his name, while the other is in his wife’s name,” he further said.
Meanwhile, in another trap, the Thane unit of the ACB arrested police sub-inspector Dnyaneshwar Awate for allegedly accepting Rs 20,000 from a businessman.