The high-profile Police Inspector of Sadar Police Station Arun Mali and his writer constable Manohar Ramdas Nimje, arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday for demanding and accepting a bribe Rs 2,50,000, were sent to 2-day Police Custody Remand (PCR) on Sunday by a Special Court of ACB.
Being Sunday, both the accused, PI Mali and constable Nimje were produced before a Special ACB Court which remanded them to police custody for two days.
However, the high-profile Police Inspector, now a shame on Nagpur Police, himself faced a shame of his of life when a group of Tritiya Panthi (eunuchs) blackened his face with ink. The constable too faced the same fate. The incident occurred when the PI Arun Mali and his writer constable Manohar Nimje were being produced in the court.
According to sources, the subsequent raids on residences of PI Arun Mali in Nagpur and Satara and residence of constable Nimje by ACB sleuths led to seizure of incriminating documents and disproportionate assets. But the ACB has not disclosed details of the documents and assets seized from both the arrested police personnel.
It may be recalled, the Sadar Police Inspector, Arun Mail and constable Manohar Nimje were arrested by ACB for accepting a bribe of Rs 2,50,000 on Saturday. According to ACB, the complainant, Shakilbabu Sheikh Chhotusaheb, 42, a resident of, 19, near Sadiqabad Colony, Awasthinagar, Nagpur, had purchased agricultural land admeasuring 2.15 ha in Mauza Chakki Khapa, Khasra No. 48/3 on February 18, 2014 from Bapu Mahadeorao Gorle, a resident of Gumthala for Rs 30,00,000. The document was registered at Sub-Registrar Office, Nagpur Rural.
However, in the last month, some agents dealing in land came to the Sub-Registrar Office and filed an application stating that the transaction is fraudulently recorded. On the basis of this application, Sub-Registrar lodged a complaint with Sadar Police Station regarding the transaction. The case was handed over to Police Inspector Arun Mali who called the present complainant Shakilbabu Sheikh Chhotusaheb to police station. After checking the relevant papers, he demanded bribe of Rs 5,00,000. As the bribe was not paid, an offence was registered and Shakilbabu Sheikh Chhotusaheb was arrested. On being produced before the court, the complainant was granted bail.
But Police Inspector Arun Mali continued to harass the complainant by calling him to police station time and again and thus he mentally tortured the complainant. Through an intermediary Vijay Raut known to both, police inspector and the complainant, a deal was finalised at Rs 2,50,000/.
Accordingly, on June 7, a trap was laid. Arun Mali sent his writer Nimje, Buckle No. 4498 to pan kiosk in front of Collector Office for collecting the cash. The ACB personnel caught Nimje red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,50,000. Immediately, Arun Mali was also arrested from his chamber at Sadar Police Station.