THE Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a policeman Monday who had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 80,000 from the wife of an accused, earlier arrested by him in a cheating case, for “ensuring that he files a loophole-ridden chargesheet”. A loophole-ridden chargesheet would have helped the accused secure bail and eventually an acquittal.
Nearly a year back, Pradeep Ratnakar, 48, a Badlapur resident, had approached a woman in Govandi who was looking to purchase a house. He told the woman that there was a flat in Badlapur that she could purchase for Rs 11.40 lakh. He took the woman to Badlapur where she liked the flat and paid him Rs 11.40 lakh. However, as per the Deonar police, after pocketing the money, Ratnakar started avoiding the woman and she soon realized that Ratnakar had duped her.
In November, the woman approached the Govandi police that registered an FIR on charges of cheating. Eventually the police arrested Ratnakar from his Badlapur residence on December 9. After a brief police custody, Ratnakar was remanded to jail custody and sent to Arthur road prison, where he is currently lodged.
Meanwhile, Ratnakar’s wife started doing rounds to the Deonar police station to enquire about the status of the case. While the case was being investigated by an officer, head constable Shivaji Thorat, 53, was assisting the officer and preparing the paper work. “Thorat told Ratnakar’s wife that if she could pay him Rs 80,000, he would ensure that the chargesheet that would be filed against her husband, would be riddled with loopholes,” an officer said.
This would not only help her husband secure bail easily but also eventually lead to his acquittal.
Instead of making the payment, the woman however approached the ACB, that told her to continue the conversation with Thorat. Accordingly, she told Thorat that she would be able to pay Rs 50,000. The duo were to meet near Govandi station on Monday. A team from the ACB accompanied the woman and arrested Thorat while he was accepting the money and placed him under formal arrest.
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