MUMBAI: Deputy superintendent of police Dilip Sawant and four other policemen including a private person was booked for demanding a bribe of Rs 50 lakh from an accused for showing him favour.
Interestingly, Dilip Sawant is the brother of decorated retired deputy commissioner of police Pradeep Sawant. In Mumbai too, Dilip Sawant as police inspector was in the news for wrong reasons. In 2019 he was promoted as DySP and transferred to Sahapur district.
The state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday booked Dy sp Dilip Sawant of Shahpur district, his subordinates namely Omkar Patkar, Akash Sawant and a private tout Sachin Rajan. All the four who have been booked under the prevention of corruption act have been booked and not arrested in the wake of outbreak of Covid-19. ACB officials said that due to lack of space in ACB office as well in various jails, they have not arrested any one of them but their investigations would continue.
According to the ACB, the complainant in the fresh case is an accused who was arrested by Kinhavali police station and was released on bail in connection for cheating a bank. He wanted to get discharge or acquitted in the case on merits but Dy SP Sawant and his allies demanded Rs 50 lakhs to discharge the complainant from the case.
The complainant who did not wished to pay the bribe bargain with Sawant and others and brought down the bribe amount from Rs 50 to Rs 12.50 lakh which were recorded said an official.
“After verification of the demand we on Friday booked Sawant and three others and further investigations are going on,” added ACB official.