Nagpur: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Nagpur on Tuesday trapped a Woman Police Constable red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 700 for releasing a challaned auto-rickshaw. The netted woman police constable has been identified as Kavita Sunil Panchwate who was attached to East Nagpur Traffic Branch.
According to ACB, a few days ago, the auto-rickshaw of the complainant was challaned by East Nagpur Traffic Branch, Ajni Division. Accordingly, the complainant remitted the challan fine of Rs 2100 in the designated court on Tuesday (September 30) and produced the receipt to the Court Watcher Woman Police Constable Kavita Panchwate (38) who was deployed on duty at the court for releasing his auto. However, Kavita Panchwate demanded a bribe of Rs 7000 from the complainant for releasing his auto. Taken aback by the development, the complainant straightaway approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau office and filed a complaint against the Woman Police Constable (Buckle No. 5076).
Subsequently, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at the premises of District and Sessions Court, Civil Lines, Nagpur and caught Kavita Panchwate red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe amount of Rs 700 from the complainant. Later, the ACB filed an offence with Sadar Police Station against the accused Woman Police Constable Kavita Sunil Panchwate under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The accused has been placed under arrest and further investigations are underway.
The action was initiated by Police Inspector Vinod Dighore, Police Inspector Ashok Sakharkar, Constables Vilas Khanke, Santosh Pundkar, Ajay Yadav and Woman Police Constable Pramila Gaekwad under the guidance of Superintendent of Police Prakash Jadhav and Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Shirbhate.
Earlier on Monday, a Divisional Inspector warking in Tehsil Office was nabbed red-handed by ACB while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 6000.
Photographer faces wrath of accused:
The accused Woman Police Constable Kavita Panchwate, who was caught accepting bribe of Rs 700 from the auto driver, manhandled a photographer when he tried to click her. The photographer, Vijay Jamgade, was present at the court premises when the ACB sleuths trapped Kavita Panchwate. Jolted by the development, Kavita tried to let her anger by targeting the photographer.