2 Delhi policemen jailed for extorting bribe

Two Delhi policemen have been jailed for two and half years by a city court for forcing a man to pay them bribe after threatening to arrest him.

New Delhi: Two Delhi policemen have been
jailed for two and half years by a city court for forcing a
man to pay them a bribe of Rs 1,500 after threatening to
arrest him.

Special Judge B R Kedia sentenced 56-year-old Assistant
Sub-Inspector Umar Mohd and Constable Saleem Khan, 42 to jail
along with a fine of fine of Rs 10,000 each, holding them
guilty of demanding bribe and committing misconduct as public
servants.

"The social fabric is destroyed by corrupt practices in
public services. Cancer of corruption is spreading its
tentacles in social life to such an extent that belief of
common man in institutional framework is obliterated," he
said.

The prosecution case was that both Umar and Khan had
intercepted complainant Narsingh on the night of September 18,
2004 at the Molarband checkpost. Narsingh was driving a Maruti
van and the duo demanded to see the documents of his vehicle.

Narsingh, in his complaint to the Anti Corruption Branch
of Delhi Police, said despite showing complete papers, they
asked him to pay Rs 4000 or else face arrest and seizure of
his car. The figure was brought down to Rs 1500 on Narsingh`s
earnest requests.

On September 22, Khan phoned Narsingh asking him to pay
the money the following day or face arrest.

The next day, a trap was laid to catch the duo
red-handed. Narsingh met Khan and Umar at a tea stall near
Badarpur police station where he was made to hand over the
money to tea vendor Ram Bilas, a co-accused, who then handed
it over to Khan.

Ram Bilas was acquitted as the prosecution failed to make
out a case against him.

PTI

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