A sessions court on Wednesday granted bail to three people accused of demanding Rs 1 lakh as bribe from a city transporter allegedly at the behest of the BJP corporator from Malad.
While corporator Dyanmurti Sharma is still at large, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested his personal assistant Brijlal Tiwari, driver Avdhoot Tari and paan stall owner Dinesh Yadav on Tuesday.
Defence lawyer Girish Kulkarni said, “When the main accused is absconding, there is no sufficient ground to detain the others in custody. Moreover, the investigation is virtually over and custodial interrogation is not required.”
The trio has been directed to give their voice samples to the ACB and pay Rs 15,000 as surety.
The complainant claimed that Sharma used to harass him and told him to pay Rs 50,000 per truck monthly if he wanted to run his business in the area. Sharma had allegedly asked the city transporter to pay the money to Tari, who would hand it over to his PA, which would be given to Yadav. Sharma was expected to collect the money from Yadav. ens