Nagpur: In a major action, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday (June 15) netted a Crime Branch Police Inspector Umesh Sopan Machinder for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 50,000 from a complainant who is facing a slew of offences under various sections of IPC. The accused Police Inspector threatened the complainant of slapping more offences against him and also get cancelled his anticipatory bail granted by High Court. With this threat, the accused PI demanded bribe to spare the complainant of further action.
According to details, the complainant had on 8.6.2016 approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau Nagpur and filed a complaint against the Crime Branch Police Inspector Umesh Sopan Machinder (45). The complainant told ACB that an offence (42/2016) has been registered against him under Sections 420, 403, 406, 468, 471, 120(B) of IPC. Subsequently, he had filed a petition in District and Sessions Court for anticipatory bail. But since it was rejected, the complainant filed an appeal in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court through petition number 164/2016 ABA for granting of anticipatory bail to him. The High Court on 6.5.2016 granted conditional anticipatory bail to complainant with the directive that he would remain present before the Investigating Officer for two days of the week – Tuesday and Thursday – for investigation purpose.
Following the High Court directive, the complainant attended the Crime Branch office for investigation purpose. In the meanwhile, the accused Police Inspector Umesh Sopan Machinder started threatening the complainant of registering more offences against him and also get cancelled his anticipatory bail granted by the High Court. With these scary words, the accused Police Inspector demanded bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant. Out of this amount, Rs 1.50 lakh was paid to the accused before approaching the ACB. For the remaining amount of bribe the complainant approached the ACB and filed a complaint against the accused Police Inspector.
Acting on the complaint, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at Crime Branch office and nabbed the Police Inspector Umesh Sopan Machinder while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 50,000 on Wednesday (June 15).
According to sources, the ACB sleuths could not recover the bribe amount of Rs 50,000 from the accused Police Inspector Umesh Sopan Machinder from the spot as the complainant signaled the ACB sleuths very late. The accused PI had left his office for lunch even before the cops could nab him red-handed. However, the marked currency notes handed over to complainant by ACB for trapping the accused had shown the evidence with colour red on hands and pant pocket depicting the accused had accepted the bribe. This aspect was enough for ACB to apprehend the accused Poilce Inspector.