Cop booked for graft

Updated - June 18, 2015 05:34 am IST

Published - June 18, 2015 12:00 am IST - New Delhi:

A Delhi Police constable has been booked for corruption after he allegedly demanded cash to release a man he had wrongfully detained at a police station in East Delhi.

Identified as Naresh Kumar, who is posted with the Mayur Vihar police station, the policeman had demanded a bribe of Rs. 20,000 from the man’s friend. The latter filed a complaint with the Delhi Police vigilance unit.

“The complainant has approached the unit alleging that the incident took place when he went to the police station on May 17 after learning that his friend had been detained for questioning in a criminal case,” said a senior police officer.

According to the police, Naresh demanded the bribe from the complainant, initially pegged at Rs. 20,000, to release the victim which, following negotiation, was brought down to Rs. 7,000.

“The complainant paid Rs. 5,000 to the accused constable on May 17 and was asked by Naresh to pay the remaining Rs. 2,000 the next day,” the officer said, adding that the complainant recorded his conversation with the accused on his mobile phone on the basis of which an enquiry was launched. During investigation, the allegations were substantiated, according to the officer. “The recording contains conversations between the complainant and the constable,” the officer said.

In the audio recording, Naresh is clearly heard asking for the remaining amount of the cash bribe. Having sought a statement from the complainant, a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered with the vigilance unit on Wednesday.

Constable demanded Rs. 20,000 to release a man he had wrongfully detained

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