A sub-inspector, once awarded for prompt resolution of cases, was recently arrested for demanding a bribe of Rs 2 lakh. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials in Hyderabad arrested SI Sarangapani who was deployed at Mir Chowk police station.
ACB officials said that the bribe was sought with regard to a cheating case filed by one Anil Kumar, a former employee of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), who alleged in his complaint that his friend had cheated him last year.
On the directions of a court, Sarangapani had registered a complaint and arrested the complainant’s friend and recovered the amount. The official then demanded Rs 2 lakhs from Anil Kumar if he wanted his money back.
When acknowledged the matter, the agency laid a trap when Anil carried Rs 50,000 as advance to hand over to the SI. The SI sent a constable to collect the money from Anil on Tuesday. The ACB caught the constable red-handed and later also nabbed the SI when the money was being handed over to him by the constable.
Following the arrest, the image of the accused receiving the award went viral on social media. The officer was honoured with an award by former Hyderabad Police Commissioner and present Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy.