Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A Delhi Police officer was sentenced to a three-year rigorous imprisonment on Friday for taking a bribe of Rs.2,000 to intervene in a property dispute. Special Judge A. S. Yadav also slapped a fine of Rs.20,000 on Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahipal Singh. The court said the punishment needed to be deterrent in nature.

Plot of land

ASI Mahipal was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Police on November 11, 2002, when he was allegedly accepting the bribe from complainant Mohammad Zakir. Zakir had bought a plot of land from his uncle Abdul Gaffar in 2000. However, on October 28, 2002, Gaffar’s sons allegedly beat up Zakir threatening him with dire consequences if he did not relinquish the plot. Zakir reported the matter to the Chandni Mahal police station where ASI Singh was assigned the case. However, ASI Singh demanded Rs.5,000 from Zakir for taking action in the case. When Zakir expressed his inability to pay the amount, he asked for Rs.2,000.