Published On : Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

API Valmiki Tidke of Crime Branch arrested by ACB for demanding Rs 10,000 as bribe

The API Tidke had demanded Rs 10,000 per month from a petrol pump owner in return of no action against petrol tankers arriving at Madhur Uddhavkumar Meghrajani’s Perol Pump.

Nagpur News:

The ever increasing greed for earning an easy money turned a Assistant Police Inspector so blind that he not only destroyed his own life but the lives other family members, too. The API was caught by Anti-Corruption Bureau for bribe.

According to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) a HP Petrol Pump owner, Kumar Automobiles, Lakhni District Bhandara, Madhur Uddhavkumar Meghrajani (43) approached the ACB office on 18-06-2013 and lodged a complaint. The complaint said the Police-Sub-Inspector Valmiki Tidke, attached to the Crime Branch of Nagpur Police (Class-2), demanded Rs 10,000 per month in return of no action against petrol tankers arriving at Madhur Uddhavkumar Meghrajani’s Perol Pump.

The ACB, acting swiftly on the complaint of Madhur Meghrajani, carried out an inspection in order to confirm the fact the API Valmiki Tidke was indeed demanding Rs 10,000 per month from the complainant. Accordingly, the ACB laid a trap and sent Meghrajani to the pre-decided spot at Coffee House Square in Dharampeth with some witnesses. The API Tidke demanded the bribe amount from Madhur Meghrajani and showed his readiness to accept the bribe amount of Rs 10,000. After confirmation of the bribe episode, the Sitabuldi police booked the API Valmiki Tidke unsder Sections of 7, 15 of Anti-Corruption (Prevention) Act 1988 and investigated the matter further.

Madhur Uddhavkumar Meghrajani further informed the ACB sleuths that the API Valmiki Tidek had demanded Rs 5,00,000 from him when the API was attached to National Highway Police Crime Branch. The demand for Rs 5,00,000 was in connection with a petrol tanker which got exploded and the driver was killed in the explosion in the month of May, 2012. The API Tidke was handling the case then also. Subsequently, the API demanded Rs 5,00,000 from Madhur Uddhavkumar Meghrajani and in this dubious way the API collected a staggering Rs. 35,00,000 by way of bribe. The API Valmiki Tidke confessed the bribe episode by misusing his powers and indulging in corrupt practices. After his confession the ACB arrested the API Valmiki Patloba Tidke (52).

The action was initiated under the guidance of Nitish Mishra, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of the ACB.