Additional Sessions Judge R S Tiwari on Friday sentenced an Assistant Police Inspector (API) to five years of rigorous imprisonment for trying to extort Rs 50 lakh from a real estate agent and beating him up. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 on him.
While passing the verdict,the judge observed that it was a grave crime because it was committed by an officer within the police force,which is supposed to uphold the law. Real estate agent Kunal Amle,33,resident of Vanaz,Kothrud had registered an offense in this regard.
According to the prosecution,accused Sunil Laxman Lokhande,38,a resident of Ranjangaon,was attached with the Human Rights Protection Department at Ahmednagar. He met the complainant three years before the incident and became friends with him. In a property deal facilitated by Amle in which a Mumbai-based businessman bought a property in Velha,Lokhande had helped him. For this help Amle had given him Rs 2 lakh as commission. However,later Lokhande started suspecting that Amle had earned huge profits from the deal and had given him a small commission.
On February 8,2010,Lokhande went to Amles office with some other men and threatened him with him a revolver and demanded Rs 50 lakh.
Amle told him that the deal for which he was given Rs 2 lakh as commission did not materialise and hence Lokhande should in fact return the money. This made Lokhande and his accomplices angry. They beat Amle up with a wire injuring him grievously. He also took away Amles mobile phone costing Rs 10,000, said additional public prosecutor Heera Bari who examined five witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused.