3 Delhi policemen, lawyer arrested after undercover operation (Lead)

October 17th, 2008 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Three Delhi Police officials and a lawyer were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Friday for extorting money from a businessman after they falsely implicated his father in a murder case, police said.The arrests were made investigating officials conducted an undercover operation lasting 10 months against the the four accused.

The ACB investigated the case after Abhinav Krishan Aggarwal, who has a printing and building business, complained to them that Delhi Police’s crime branch officials and an advocate were demanding bribe from him in a murder case in which his father was arrested last year.

“A sting operation was conducted over a period of 10 months to procure solid evidence against the accused people,” Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) N. Dilip Kumar said.

The accused crime branch police inspector, K.G. Tyagi, Sub Inspector Mukesh, Assistant Sub Inspector Rajbir Singh and an advocate Ravinder Chadha were arrested Friday morning and were produced before the court in the afternoon.

“During the sting operations, it came to light that Ravinder Chadha was acting as a conduit for the illegal transaction of bribe on behalf of Tyagi in a murder case,” Kumar added.

Aggarwal said a murder had taken place outside their shop in Hauz Qazi last year in September and that is when the problem began.

“Like a law abiding citizen, we informed the police about it. However, in December they detained my father Gopal Krishan Aggarwal and it was then when Inspector Tyagi threatened me to bring Rs.800,000 the next morning if I wanted to save my father,” Aggarwal said.

“I gave him the money on the next day but later I came to know that they are arresting my father. When I asked them why are they arresting him, he told me that there is a great pressure from above and my father will be freed in few days,” he added.

Aggarwal further said that Tyagi then advised him to contact Chadha and it was through him that he was extorting money.

“In all I paid Nearly Rs.2.6 million and he asking me for another Rs.2.5 million. I had contacted ACB and on their advice I was collecting the evidence through a sting operation,” he added.

“I am very happy that all of them have been arrested. Now I hope that my father will be proven innocent and would be freed of all charges. The next date of his case is Oct 25,” Aggarwal said.

“My father was kidnapped and I was paying the money as ransom to these policemen. Gangsters are much better than these kind of policemen, they at least fulfill their promise,” he added.

The accused are arrested on charges of corruption, abuse of authority, extortion, and conspiracy.

“As per the complainant, about Rs.2.6 million had to be paid on various occasions, out of which Rs.400,000 were of for Ravinder Chadha as his fees while the rest of the amount was meant for Inspector Tyagi. The complicity of these officials is evidence from the recordings available,” Kumar further said.

Asked if they have found the involvement of other senior police officer in the case, N. Dilip Kumar said, “We have not found anything but we will ask the Delhi police to conduct an enquiry into the case. Further investigations are in the progress.”

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