Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar on Saturday suspended two Central Crime Branch sleuths for allegedly demanding a Rs 1 crore bribe from an accused in a case.
According to the police, an inspector of the CCB's Organised Crime Wing, Prakash, and head constable Satish were suspended after an inquiry report found that the officers had demanded bribe from an accused.
On December 9, CCB Inspector Prakash received a complaint from several Bengaluru residents that Perkz Aimms Ventures Ltd., a chit fund company located in Jayanagar, had cheated hundreds of people out of an undisclosed amount.
Inspector Prakash and Suresh visited the company's office and searched the premises. Business partners Pasha Mohammed Mudassir and Shahid Mohammed, along with three other senior employees were arrested.
Up on further questioning, Inspector Prakash allegedly found incriminating evidence against Pasha Mohammed. "Inspector Prakash and the head constable then decided to extort money from the accused. Prakash asked Pasha for Rs 1 crore in order to make the case go away," a CCB source said.
Prakash and Suresh allegedly demanded a down payment of Rs 35 lakh and the remaining sum was to be given later.
“They had decided to split the money on a 60:40 basis. Prakash would get 60% of the pay off. Pasha Mohammed then informed the police of the extortion after which DCP (Crime) Girish began an inquiry,” the CCB source said.
On Saturday, DCP Girish submitted the inquiry report to Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar after which the officers were suspended.
“As of now, no case has been registered against the two officers. Generally in bribery cases, officers are suspended for a few months and then transferred out of town. But we don’t know if a case will be registered or now. Based on the commissioner’s orders, we will proceed further,” the CCB source said.