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Maharashtra ACB arrests police official, aide for demanding Rs 2 cr from businessman

ACB officials also conducted a raid at the residence of the deputy superintendent of police, identified as Rajendra Pal, in Dadar on Saturday and seized Rs 25 lakh cash.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 24, 2021 7:04:51 pm
Complainant registered a written complaint at ACB headquarters on Thursday. (Representational Image)

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) late on Friday arrested a deputy superintendent of police and his assistant for allegedly demanding Rs 2 crore from a businessman in Parbhani.

ACB officials also conducted a raid at the residence of the deputy superintendent of police, identified as Rajendra Pal, in Dadar on Saturday and seized Rs 24.84 lakh cash.

The officials said Pal’s assistant, a constable, was caught while accepting the first instalment of Rs 10 lakh from the complainant. Subsequently, Pal was also apprehended. The officials added that the complainant’s friend had died in a road accident on May 3. Following this, a case of rash and negligent driving was registered at the Selu police station in Parbhani district and the accused arrested.

Later, the complainant in the ACB case reached out to his friend’s wife to console her. He had called from one of his employee’s phone. “The conversation between them turned ugly and he said something objectionable that was recorded by the employee on the phone. The employee then sent the recording to his colleagues and the audio clip went viral,” said an officer.

On the basis of the audio clip, Pal contacted the complainant and instructed him to show up at his office on July 9. “He threatened the complainant that he heard the audio clip and he will register a case against him,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Lakhmi Gautam. He also went on to demand Rs 2 crore for not registering a case against him.

The complainant requested him to reduce the amount after which the matter was settled at Rs 1.5 crore. The businessman then approached the ACB headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday and submitted a written complaint.

“Between July 9 and July 22, the deputy superintendent of police contacted him several times and threatened to register a case if he fails to pay,” said an officer. Eventually, a team was sent to Parbhani. On Friday, when Pal’s assistant Ganesh Chavan came to accept the first instalment, the ACB officials caught him red-handed. Pal was also taken into custody and they were placed under arrest early on Saturday.

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