Senior IPS officer Ajay Kumar Jain was on Wednesday sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in a case of bribery dating back to 2000.
The 1982 batch officer and his chartered accountant Prasanna Lodha were convicted of demanding Rs 5 lakh from Sanjeev Kokil,who was then a police inspector attached to Byculla police station and facing a departmental inquiry. The officer and his CA were taken into custody soon after Special Anti Corruption Bureau Judge S K Keole pronounced the sentence. The judge also fined Jain Rs 1.5 lakh.
According to the ACB,on the night of May 22,2000,while Kokil was on his rounds,a bar in Byculla had been allowed to remain open well past the deadline to shut. Sadanand Date,then deputy commissioner in charge of the area,found the bar open,with a police constable guarding its door. An inquiry was subsequently ordered against Kokil and the constable.
After the inquiry report reached Jain,the officer allegedly approached Kokil through Lodha,demanding a bribe. Kokil and Lodha negotiated on the money and finally decided on Rs 3.10 lakh, public prosecutor Kalpana Chavan said. Investigators also used the call data records of Lodha and Jain to establish their case.
Lodha allegedly pursued Kokil even when he stayed away from work for two days. Kokil approached the ACB,which laid a trap.
First the ACB sleuths approached Lodha along with Kokil and apprehended him. Lodha was then made to call Jain. Kokil was then sent to Jains office with a recorder and the conversations between them worked as clinching evidence in the case, Chavan said.
After the case was registered,it took over a year for the Centres sanction for Jains prosecution to come through. After an eight-year delay in filing the chargesheet,trial began in 2009,and 20 witnesses,including police officials on Jains staff,were examined.