Stating that the offence was “serious” and that a prima facie case under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoC) was made out, a Sessions Court on Tuesday sent the head constable arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to 14-day judicial custody. The accused was arrested three days ago for allegedly extorting money from a scrap dealer.
“I am of the view that allegations as disclosed in the present FIR clearly disclosed the offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, which this court has the power to try under Section 4 of the PoC Act… I am of the view that prima facie, offences under Sections of the PoC act is alleged to have been committed which this court has the jurisdiction to try,” observed Additional Sessions Judge Poonam Choudhry.
“Moreover, the co-accused in the case have absconded. In view of the seriousness of the offence and for the foregoing reasons, there is no merit in the (bail) application, same is accordingly dismissed” the judge said.
On May 2, head constable Anil Kumar from the Sonia Vihar police station in Northeast Delhi was arrested by the ACB. The arrest came after a scrap dealer filed a complaint on the anti-corruption helpline 1033 that Kumar had been demanding Rs 20,000 as bribe and threatening to implicate him in false cases. Four other police personnel — a sub-inspector and three constables — are absconding.
Following the arrest, Kumar’s wife filed an FIR of kidnapping prompting the Delhi Police to send a notice to the ACB to join investigations. The ACB, however, sent a counter-notice to the Delhi Police asking the SHO of the Sonia Vihar police station to join investigations. The SHO
has since been sent to the district lines.