Rs 1 lakh bribe: City SP in two-day police remand

To find out whether Superintendent of Police (SP) Desh Raj Singh was to share the illegal gratification with any “senior” or other police officers,the CBI on Friday sought three-day police remand of the officer arrested on Thursday night.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 20, 2012 3:59:53 am

To find out whether Superintendent of Police (SP) Desh Raj Singh was to share the illegal gratification with any “senior” or other police officers,the CBI on Friday sought three-day police remand of the officer arrested on Thursday night. A special CBI court,however,granted two-day police custody.

As per available information,the name of an SP of Haryana cadre before whom one of the inquiries of Anokh Singh is pending has also surfaced. The CBI is also probing the alleged role of this SP.

Demanding police interrogation of the IPS officer,the CBI produced recorded conversation between Desh Raj and the complainant,Inspector Anokh Singh. As per the conversation,Desh Raj had promised Anokh Singh to help him in getting exonerated in the departmental inquiries.

According to the remand application moved by the CBI sleuths,Anokh Singh got a phone call from Desh Raj on October 5,2012 saying that he wanted to meet the SHO at Desh Raj’s residence.

Desh Raj allegedly demanded the bribe on October 5 assuring Anokh Singh to drop the departmental inquiries. “Desh Raj demanded the money saying that he was in need of money,” reads the FIR. It has been alleged that Desh Raj demanded Rs 5 lakh. However,Anokh Singh said that he would not be able to arrange the amount. Subsequently,the “deal” was struck for Rs 2 lakh.

Desh Raj again called up Anokh Singh on October 12 for the bribe money. By then,Anokh Singh had sought “advice” from a CBI officer. Anokh Singh requested Desh Raj to grant him one week’s time to pay the first instalment of Rs 1 lakh. A formal complaint was made by Anokh Singh to the CBI on October 15. Anokh Singh also produced a recorded conversation between him and Desh Raj over the telephone.

Anokh Singh had recorded the conversation on his mobile phone. As per the conversation,Desh Raj had mentioned about some ‘arrangements’ that were made by him to exonerate Anokh Singh in the departmental inquiries.

When produced in the court,Desh Raj claimed,“When I was made to wash my hands,the colour of the water did not change.” He tried to suggest that he never accepted the bribe money on which sodium carbonate was used by the sleuths. A solution of sodium carbonate,which is colourless,when applied to accused’s hands turns pink if the accused has touched the cash packet.

Rubbishing this claim,a senior CBI official said,“We have sufficient incriminating evidence including the conversations between Anokh Singh and Desh Raj.” Desh Raj will be produced before the court on October 22.

Desh Raj’s defence lawyer claimed that Desh Raj had been falsely implicated. The counsel also alleged that there was no shadow witness in the entire case and the CBI was only relying upon alleged conversations between Desh Raj and Anokh Singh.

Reacting to Desh Raj’s arrest,UT’s former senior standing counsel Anupam Gupta said,“This corrupt IPS officer was the blue-eyed boy of the UT Police top brass and their chosen instrument to hound brave and self-respecting subordinates like Inspector Amanjot. Those who patronised and used him must also be exposed and brought to account.”

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