They had sought Rs 10 lakh to hush up case: ACB
The Pune range of the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday booked a police inspector and arrested a constable for seeking a bribe to hush up a case. The two were attached to Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune police.
Constable Vijay Anandrao Mandhare was arrested after a trap was sprung by the ACB,acting on a complaint filed by a businessman,Anand Patil.
Meanwhile,police inspector Babasaheb Koli is reported to be absconding.
According to the ACB,inspector Koli was probing a cheating case registered at Nigdi police station against Anands father Vilas Patil and his partner Nagnath Dhakle,who operate a construction business Rohit Group Developers at Mayur Trade Centre in Chinchwad. Vilas and Dhakle are out on bail in the case.
According to the ACB,inspector Koli allegedly called the complainant and demanded Rs 10 lakh for hushing up the case and not sealing their office.
Anand,32,a resident of Ramabai Ambedkar Colony in Nigdi,allegedly paid Rs 2.5 lakh to inspector Koli at Wakdewadi in Shivajinagar in February.
Koli allegedly called the complainant repeatedly for the remaining Rs 7.5 lakh. On April 25,Koli allegedly called the complainant again and told him to pay the amount or he would seal the office. He allegedly asked him to hand over the money to constable Mandhare near Sancheti hospital around 2 pm on Monday. Anand approached ACB the next day.
An ACB team including deputy superintendents B M Kale,J D Kalaskar,inspector Prakash Shinde,Kanchan Jadhav,havaldars Sitaram Dhawde,Jayant Jadhav,Dashrath Chinchkar,and constables Vijay Kanchan and Jagdish Kasture,laid a trap. Mandhare took Anand to Khairewadi in Ganeshkhind Road and was nabbed while he was accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh on behalf of inspector Koli around 3.40 pm,the ACB said.
Inspector Koli,who was on bandobast duty at the time,allegedly fled on learning about arrest of Mandhare,stated a press release issued by ACB superintendent Sarang Avhad.