API gets two years jail for bribe demand

Mumbai: A special Prevention of Corruption Act court convicted an Assistant Police Inspector (API) for accepting a bribe of ₹2 lakh and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment. It also imposed a fine of ₹2,000 on him.

According to the case against him, in April 2014, API Kailas Sangle was attached to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The complainant to the ACB, identified in the court order only by his first name, Rizwan, was in custody. He said that Sangle approached him and demanded a bribe of ₹2 lakh from him. He agreed to a first instalment of ₹1 lakh, which was given to him through one Abu Barkatali in Rizwan’s presence.

Sangle also agreed to accept an equal amount from one Ranjitsingh after Rizwan was granted bail by the court. On April 22, 2014, Rizwan was let out on bail, and Sangle called up Ranjisingh and demanded the remaining amount of ₹1 lakh.

However, Rizwan was unable to pay the second instalment to Sangle, and complained to the ACB instead on April 25, 2014. Accordingly, based on their investigation, a trap was laid. Sangle met Rizwan as arranged and handed over ₹1 lakh in marked currency notes when ACB officers stepped in and apprehended Sangle. .

In his defence, Sangle argued in court that there was no motive for the bribe demand, and the sanction to prosecute him wasn’t given by the appropriate authority.

Special Judge A.S. Bhagwat said the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The panchanamas have been proved and corroborated, which have sufficiently implicated Sangle.

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