Delhi Police do not have an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) named Vivekanand Sharma. But Vivekanand Sharma wanted, of people, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to believe he was an ACP of vigilance department. Vivekanand Sharma, a 47-year-old working with a Noida-based architecture company, is in Tihar jail now.
As Sharma’s luck would have it, he caught Bassi’s eye on the city’s streets Monday evening while going in a Fortuner SUV flaunting Delhi Police ‘stickers’ on the registration plate and windscreen.
”At about 8.30 pm, Bassi was heading home a few hours after finishing his last annual press conference. Special Commissioner of Police (Special Units) Dharmendra Kumar was with him. They were shocked when the spotted the SUV, being driven by a woman, sporting a sticker saying Delhi Police on its registration plate bearing Uttar Pradesh number,” said a source.
The police chief intercepted the SUV at C-Hexagon near Rajpath. “Bassi and Kumar came out from their car and asked the man, who was sitting in the front seat, why they had pasted stickers saying Delhi Police. The man, Vivekanand Sharma, claimed he was an ACP of Delhi Police vigilance department,” the source added.
According to the source, Bassi asked Sharma to show his identity card and returned to his car. After a few minutes, when the police chief wanted more answers, Sharma claimed he was a lawyer and not an ACP and was going to Gurgaon with his wife, who was driving the vehicle, to meet his in-laws, said the source. “The police chief had already called his bluff, but waited,” the source added.
As this drama played out, an officer in Bassi’s convoy called officials from a nearby picket and asked them to check Sharma’s papers. “Soon, officials from Tilak Marg police station reached the spot and detained Sharma, who claimed he handled labour-related legal issues. He claimed he put the stickers around 20 days ago and it was not his SUV,” said the source.
Police have seized the car, which Sharma claimed is registered in the name of the 0company, said sources.
A case was later registered against Sharma under Sections 170 (personating a public servant) and 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent) of Indian Penal Code at Tilak Marg police station. He was produced in court, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody. Police are verifying his claims.