Constable arrested for graft,police inspector on the run

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.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:40:46 pm

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 Anand’s 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.

Police dept tops graft and greed list,reveals ACB

The police department tops the list of corruption cases in Maharashtra followed closely by the revenue department as far as bribery is concerned,reveals ACB data. In the greed quotient,too,the police department far outweighs the revenue department,if the money used by the ACB for trapping corrupt employees red-handed is considered a yardstick.

ACB data of the last five years reveal this consistently,barring in 2011,when the police personnel arrested for graft were marginally higher in number than the revenue officials,and yet the trap money used that year against police personnel far outweighed the amount used against revenue officials.

This year alone,between January and March,the ACB trapped 194 persons from different government departments for bribery and other corruption cases. The police department topped with 49 cops,including the two on Monday,followed by the revenue department with 48 officials getting arrested.

The trap money used against police personnel was Rs 72.24 lakh while Rs 2.61 lakh was used against revenue officials. In 2012,the ACB arrested 633 people from various government departments and the police department again topped with 167,followed by the revenue department with 118. The trap money was Rs 16.83 lakh for police against Rs 6.06 lakh for revenue officials

In 2011 the revenue department outnumbered the police department in corruption cases. The ACB arrested 112 revenue officials and 110 policemen.

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