Observing that if “the protector becomes the predator, civilised society will cease to exist”, a special CBI court here has sentenced three policemen to three years' rigorous imprisonment for entering into a criminal conspiracy to demand illegal gratification in abuse of their official position from a man from whom they tried to extort Rs.7,500 twelve years ago.

Special Judge Padam Kant Saxena convicted Ramesh Kumar, Nagender Nath Tiwari, and Haripal Balu, who were posted as Sub-Inspector, Head Constable, and Constable, respectively at the Delhi Police Crime Branch in R. K. Puram at the time they were caught by a CBI team accepting the bribe. “Policemen who commit criminal acts deserve harsher punishment than other persons who commit such acts, because it is the duty of the policemen to protect the people and not break the law themselves. If the protector becomes the predator, civilised society will cease to exist,” said the Judge.

The three were convicted for offences punishable under Section 120B IPC read with Sections 120 B Indian Penal Code and Sections 7 and 13(1) (d) read with 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal demand of Rs.7,500” from the complainant.