The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday trapped a police inspector red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in order to close a case filed against the complainant. The officer had been investigating a case of cheating in which the complainant was an accused.
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As per ACB officials, Babasaheb Bedare, posted as an officer in the Nizampur-Bhiwandi police station in Thane was investigating a case and had told the accused that he was going to file a chargesheet against him.
“He however told the complainant that he would be willing to file a ‘closure report’ in the case, meaning the complaint was false and should not be investigated further, if he was willing to pay him Rs 8 lakh,” an officer said.
The complainant negotiated with Bedare and told him that he will be making the payment in installments. The complainant, in the meanwhile, had already approached the ACB that told him to pay the first installment of Rs 1 lakh on Tuesday. Accordingly, a trap was laid and the ACB officials caught the police inspector red-handed accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe.