Suddenly faced with the prospect of being arrested for graft and the subsequent disgrace, an assistant police inspector jumped out of the window of his first floor apartment in order to escape officers of the Anti Corruption Bureau late on Monday evening and is currently on the run.
According to ACB officers, police inspectors, Mahendra Narlekar and API Subhash Sawant with the Khar police, were accused of demanding bribes by a Khar resident earlier this month, and ACB had begun investigations into the complaint.
“The complainant had approached us on August 1 and said that Narlekar and Sawant had called him on July 31 to inform him that there was an application from a 20-year-old woman alleging rape against him, and that there were six explicit pictures of the complainant and the girl along with the application. The complainant added that Narlekar demanded Rs five lakh and assured him that no FIR would be registered against him if he paid up,” said Additional Commissioner of Police, Vishwas Nangre Patil, ACB.
The ACB set about verifying the allegations and during a telephonic conversation monitored by the ACB, Sawant allegedly demanded Rs 50 lakh and also told the complainant to hand over documents of a disputed property to one Vicky Arora, with whom the complainant has been embroiled in a dispute over property.
“After negotiations, it was decided, the complainant would hand over Rs 10 lakh in cash to Sawant at his flat in the police quarters behind the office of the ACP (West Region) in Bandra at 6 pm on Monday. We accordingly planned our trap,” Nangre Patil said.
Around 15 minutes after the complainant went up to Sawant’s house, the ACB sent two police officers in plain clothes, a male and a female. The officer knocked on Sawant’s door and Sawant opened it. However Sawant recognised the male officer and locked the door from inside. “Our officers broke the door down only to see Sawant jump out of the window of his apartment. He took the money as well as the property documents the complainant had taken with him,” Patil said.
The police have recovered the application alleging rape against the complainant along with the photographs from Sawant’s residence. Narlekar has been unreachable since Monday, ACB officers said.
Sawant and Narlekar have been charged for extortion and destruction of evidence under the IPC as well as for graft under the Prevention of Corruption Act.