'Give me Rs 25,000 or I will brand you a terrorist'

Dongri doctor, nabbed earlier for possessing two fake notes, complains to police chief that sub-inspector from Pydhonie police station asked him to grease his palm or face arrest in fake currency racket with links to terrorists

A sub-inspector attached to Pydhonie police station has been caught on camera while allegedly making a demand of Rs 25,000 from a Dongri-based doctor in exchange for not framing him in a counterfeit currency case. In his complaint to the police commissioner, Dr Fayzan Khan has accused the cop, Suddam Sanab, of intimidating him by saying that if he refused to pay him the bribe amount he would brand him a terrorist, by naming him in a fake currency racket involving another terrorist.


Said Fayzan, "Sanab has been taking advantage of an earlier case. In April last year, the Pydhonie police had arrested me after I was found in possession of two fake notes. It's been nine months now and they haven't bothered to file a charge sheet." 

He continued, "I went to meet Sanab recently and he threatened me, saying that if I do not pay him Rs 25,000, he would add a letter written by some terrorist called Zarrar to my charge sheet, and brand me a terrorist as well."  Sources from Pydhonie police station revealed that there is no such letter in their custody. 


Cop or extortionist? Sub-inspector Suddam Sanab

ACB's failed trap
According to Fayzan, the demand was made in November 2011, after which he approached the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). The ACB officials asked him to arrange for the bribe amount to trap the police officer, but Fayzan could manage only Rs 10,000 from his savings at that time. 

Nonetheless, following the ACB's instructions, he met Sanab in a coffee shop at Dadar. "But Sanab refused to collect the amount in instalments and the trap failed. Since I could not arrange for the entire amount, the ACB investigations were put on hold," said Fayzan. 

Confirming the reports about the trap, ACP B Bhansod said, "I would not like to divulge the details since the matter is still under scrutiny." Asked why the ACB has not helped Fayzan to arrange for the total bribe money, Bhansod said, "If the amount is small the ACB arranges for it. In this case, the amount was big." He added, "Even if the complainant pays from his pocket for the bribe, the court returns the cash in a month's time."

Irked with the catch, on January 30, Fayzan dropped a letter in the complaint box at the police commissioner's office at Crawford Market area, and submitted another to the Additional Police Commissioner (South Region) Naval Bajaj. "I hope the commissioner responds to my complaint and takes the necessary action. If their officer is trapped by the ACB, it will affect the image of Mumbai police," Fayzan said.

Candid camera
Excerpts heard in the video clipping:

Fayzan: Sir, woh Zarrar wala letter aap chargesheet mein to nahi dalenge? Woh main darr raha tha, sir.
Sanab:   Padha kya aapne woh letter? Aapka ek copy rakha tha, malum nahi woh kidhar gaya. Padhne ka hai kya ki copy nikal ke doon? 
Fayzan: Nahi nahi, sir. 
Sanab:   Mangta hai to copy manga deta hoon.
Fayzan: Sir, ek request hai, sir. Aapne Rs 25,000 bola tha na?
Sanab:   Haan. 
Fayzan: To abhi nahi ho paya hai. Kal naa main aaunga.
Sanab:   Maine aapko (paisa) rakhne ko nahi diya. Maine aapko karja nahi diya. Yeh pyaar mohabbat ki baat hai pyaar mohabbat se chale to accha hai. Abhi kitna kiya hai?
Fayzan: Abhi to nahi laya, kal leke aaunga. Kal kitna launga �3,000?   
Sanab: Dekho main aapko kya bola. �Dil ko tasalli mangta hai. Kabhi bhi 5 saal ke baad, 10 saal ke baad Fayzan apne gaon chala jayega, meri bhi duty khatam ho jayegi. Lekin yaad to ayegi yeh cheez Fayzan ki hai.

The other side
Said Sub-inspector Sanab of Pydhonie police station, "Fayzan is an accused in a case under my charge. For the last few months, he had been pursuing me to meet him. When I finally called him to the police station, he offered to pay me for going slow in his case."

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