The first investigating officer in the December 16 gangrape case has been named in a graft FIR by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Tuesday. The FIR was registered after the ACB received a complaint on the anti-corruption helpline 1031 and an audio recording of the officer allegedly seeking a bribe from the wife of a man who had been murdered last year.
The inspector, Rajkumari, had allegedly threatened to implicate the wife if she refused to give her a bribe of Rs 2 lakh.
Rajkumari was posted at the Vasant Vihar police station at the time of the December 16 gangrape following which she was transferred to Dwarka North.
Earlier this month, she was asked to join as Inspector, Investigation, at the Jaitpur police station. However, before she could join, she was transferred again to the Foreign Regional Registration Offices. Rajkumari, sources said, has already joined investigation.
The FIR under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoC) was registered after due deliberations and “considered opinions” since a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification in July 2014 has stated that the ACB cannot investigate any case against Central government employees.
However, ACB officials maintained that they were effectively going by the MHA notification as it also mentions how the ACB can probe “employees of the Government of NCT of Delhi”.
“We are going by the MHA notification which allows us to prosecute officials under the Government of NCT of Delhi, which definitely includes the Delhi Police. The NCT of Delhi is headed by the Lieutenant-Governor and the ACB is also under his authority. The ACB, being an independent autonomous body to investigate cases of corruption, will definitely prosecute any official under the GNCT found involved in corrupt practices,” a senior government official said. The AAP government has challenged the MHA notification in the Delhi High Court.
Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) Surender Singh Yadav said, “We have registered a case against Inspector Rajkumari on the allegations that she was demanding a bribe from the woman by threatening to implicate and arrest her in the case of her husband’s murder.”
Rajkumari had reportedly demanded Rs 2 lakh and, after negotiations, brought it down to Rs 75,000.
In December 2014, the man, a staff member of the Indian Air Force, was found dead in Dwarka’s Sector 14 area. Police initially believed it to be a hit-and-run case and registered a case of rash and negligent driving and causing death by negligence at the Dwarka North police station.
The case was later transferred to the Crime Branch, which found that it was a case of murder. The Crime Branch found that the man had objected to the accused’s repeated visits to his house to meet his wife. The accused had reportedly stoned the victim to death and placed his body on the road. He then ran his car over the body to make it look like an accident.
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