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Police officer walks into ACB trap, caught accepting bribe

Accused of buying stolen gold from thieves, jeweller had complained to ACB sleuths about API.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
February 23, 2015 4:21:53 am

The state’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested an assistant police inspector while accepting 30 grams of gold from a jeweller for not arresting him in connection with some cases of house break-ins. The jeweller was accused of buying gold stolen by a few suspects arrested in the house break-in cases.

The arrested officer, Vijay Mahajan (45), is posted with Unit IV of the Pune city police’s crime branch. ACB sleuths said the Unit IV had recently arrested some suspects involved in cases of house break-ins.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Jagannath Kalaskar of the ACB said, “The arrested suspects had told the crime branch that they had sold off the stolen gold to the jeweller, who is the complainant in the case. API Majahan had already recovered 120 grams of gold from the jeweller as recovery in the case and given him all the documents as per the procedure. But he demanded 30 grams more and said he would not give any document this time. It was now clear that he was asking for a bribe in the form of gold. He even said the jeweller would not be arrested in the case if he agreed to part with the gold.”

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Acting on the complaint, an ACB team laid a trap at the Unit IV office Saturday night.

API Mahajan was caught red-handed while accepting the gold at 10.45 pm. He was produced before court on Sunday and was released on bail. The investigation was supervised by Superintendent of Police (ACB) Digambar Pradhan.

The ACB has appealed to the people to call them on telephone numbers 26122134, 26128891 and 26132802 for complaints against state government employees demanding bribe.

The India Express had earlier reported that vigilance by sleuths in plainclothes at government offices and a toll-free helpline had led to an 82 per cent rise in bribery traps laid by the Pune division of the ACB, with cases reaching 171 in 2014 from 94 in 2013. Over the last one year, ACB has been placing some of its staff at government offices to look out for people facing problems in getting their work done. The ACB had also said

very few of those arrested were Class I officers. The ACB has also started ensuring that the complainant is not required to stay back when the trap is laid to avoid unwanted attention. Even the name of the complainant is not disclosed if not needed.

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