THE Anti – Corruption Bureau (ACB), Mumbai on April 23, 2014 arrested the Police Inspector of Powai Police Station for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 40,000.
The Press Note Issued by the ACB, Mumbai stated that the complainant is an accused in a case of fraud registered at Powai Police station and Inspector Sopan Namdeo Chaudhary was the investigating officer in the case.
On February 2, 2014 the Bombay High Court granted bail to the accused (Complainant) ordering him to cooperate with the police in the investigation. On April 22, 2014 according to the orders given by the court the complainant met to Chaudhary in Powai Police station where Chaudhary allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh threatening that if he fails to do so he will arrest him and file a supplementary chargesheet in the court. He accepted Rs. 48,700 from the complainant and asked him to pay the remaining 50,000 by April 23, 2014 and freed him only when the complainant gave Chaudhary a token of Rs. 15,000.
Unwilling to fulfill the demands of Chaudhary the complainant approached ACB and registered a complaint against him. On the basis of the complaint the ACB carried on investigation in which it was proved that Chaudhary had accepted a bribe of Rs. 48,700 from the complainant and was demanding more. On the date decided by Chaudhary the ACB set a trap, in which he was arrested on April 23, 2014 by the ACB accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from the complainant.
In further investigation by the ACB in the matter the ACB recovered the 48,700 that he had accepted from the complainant along with which an additional amount of Rs. 1, 45,700 was found in his office cupboard.