The trio was caught red-handed 11 years ago; complainant says the policemen threatened to implicate him and his family in false cases
Three police officials who were posted with crime branch of Delhi police have been held guilty of misusing their official power and intimidating a man to pay Rs 7,500 to them around 11 years ago. They have been sentenced to three years in jail by a city court.
The accused officials Ramesh Kumar, Nagender Nath Tiwari and Haripal Balu were posted in the crime branch of Delhi police at the time of the incident. They were convicted by Special Judge Padam Kant.
The three accused "had entered into a criminal conspiracy to demand illegal gratification amounting to Rs. 7,500 from the complainant and in order to extort that amount Accused 1 (Ramesh) and Accused 3 (Balu) had abused their official position, extended threats to the complainant and his son..." the court said, convicting them for criminal conspiracy and under various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Once upon a time
The case dates back to year 1999 when west Delhi resident Jarnail Singh filed a complaint that he had sent his brother-in-law Sodi Ram to Dubai in June 1999 through M/s Trehan International with the help of Haripal Balu, who was a driver of ACP crime branch RK Puram. As per the agreement, a sum of Rs 35,000 was to be paid to Balu before Ram left for Dubai, but Balu extorted Rs 50,000 from them.
According to the complainant, after a few days, Balu came to his house and demanded Rs 7,500 as commission. Thereafter, three persons came to his house saying he had been called to the police station as there was a complaint against him. He was then produced before sub-inspector Ramesh Kumar who asked him to pay commission to Balu or he would be implicated in a case.
His son and wife were also threatened that they will be implicated in a case under Arms Act. He lodged a complaint with the CBI pursuant to which a trap was laid and all the three police personnel were nabbed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 near the office of ACP crime branch at RK Puram.
A fine of Rs 3,000 was imposed on each of the three cops. However, the sentences would remain suspended as they were released on bail till November 28 on the ground that they intended to move Delhi High Court.