Punjab Police AIG held guilty of taking Rs 50,000 bribe

Assistant inspector general (AIG) PS Sandhu, 54, of Punjab Police was held guilty in a graft case by the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

The CBI court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on August 3.

Sandhu, a Punjab Police Service (PPS) officer, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 at a cafe in Sector 28 on July 13, 2011. He was suspended a week later.

Sandhu was posted as the AIG (internal vigilance cell) at the Punjab Police headquarters at that time. He was taking money from the complainant, Nishant Sharma, to favour him in an inquiry pending against him.

The arguments in the seven-year-old case concluded last Thursday. Public prosecutor KP Singh had rebutted the AIG’s claim that the money accepted was not bribe but payment of a loan. It is learnt that Sandhu was taken aback as the judge pronounced the order.

Cop had earlier demanded Rs 3 lakh

According to the allegations, Sandhu had demanded Rs 3 lakh from Sharma, but when the latter expressed inability to pay the amount, the deal was settled at Rs 50,000.

During the trial, Sandhu confessed that he took the money from Nishant, but he also stated that it was an instalment amount of Rs 2-lakh friendly loan that his mother had given to the accused some time before the incident. He even submitted a pronote in the court mentioning the same.

Prosecution picked holes in his claims

Rebutting Sandhu’s statements, the public prosecutor argued that how could the mother of a senior police officer give a loan to a person against whom there were 38 criminal cases registered. The mother had stated in the court that she was not related to or known to Sharma in any way.

The prosecutor also questioned as to why Sandhu did not mention the loan instalment at the time of arrest by the CBI or at the time of bail arguments.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 11:34 IST

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