A sessions court on Friday acquitted an Assistant Police Inspector and a constable accused in a graft case after the prosecution failed to establish the credibility of the complainant and discrepancies in the statement of the complainant.
According to the police,API Sanjeev Kamble and Constable Balaji Gane,both attached to the suburban Matunga police station,had been demanding bribe from people,and threatening to implicate them in wrong cases if they did not pay up. When the duo approached Tony Varghese in March 2002,he informed the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB),which then laid a trap caught the duo red handed accepting a bribe of Rs 2,400.
According to the complainant,the duo had on March 25,2002 summoned him to the police station in connection with a motorbike theft case and had demanded a bribe of Rs 15,000 for not registering a case against him. However,the complainant agreed to pay only Rs 2,400.
During the trial,however,the complainant changed his version several times making it difficult for the court to accept his testimony. The court doubted the complainants credibility after he could not produce the registration and necessary documents of his bike. Investigations also revealed that the person from whom Varghese had claimed to have purchased the bike did not exist.