"officer Balvantaiah demanded a Rs. 1 Lakh (£1,080) bribe"
Two Indian policemen, including an Inspector, were arrested on Thursday, January 9, 2020, for taking two bribes from a man released on bail.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught the pair. It was reported that the police officers took Rs. 50,000 (£540) and two bottles of alcohol as a bribe.
The officers were posted at Jubilee Hills Police Station In Hyderabad.
P Sudheer Reddy, Sub-Inspector at the police station was identified as the main culprit.
According to the ACB, he had demanded a bribe from a person who had been released from police custody on bail on December 31, 2019.
The man was released, however, SI Reddy requested a bribe for releasing him.
He also told the man that he referred his case to the Lok Adalat by deleting Section 406, which is what the man was charged under.
It was reported that a case was registered against the complainant at Jubilee Hills Police Station on December 29, 2019.
Initially, on behalf of SI Reddy, officer Balvantaiah demanded an Rs. 1 Lakh (£1,080) bribe from the complainant.
The complainant pleaded with the two Indian policemen in order to reduce the bribe amount.
The officers accepted and reduced the amount to Rs. 50,000. They also demanded two bottles of alcohol as part of the bribe.
Their bribe demands came to light when the complainant told the police and gave them details of their conversations.
SI Reddy was caught by the bureau when he took the Rs. 50,000 bribe and liquor bottles from the complainant.
According to ACB officials, officer Balvantaiah took the bribes to give to his superior, SI Reddy.
The ACB released a statement, which confirmed that the two Indian policemen were charged under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.
The bribery case is under further investigation.
There have been several cases of police officers in India being caught taking bribes.
In one case, Telangana police officer Palle Thirupathi Reddy was arrested for taking an Rs. 17,000 (£195) bribe a day after he was awarded the ‘best constable.’
The Telangana government had recognised his “dedication and hard work” as a constable. As a result, they gave him a ‘best constable’ award.
However, just a day later, he was caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) taking a bribe. Reddy had harassed a man for the money.
At the time of accepting the bribe, Reddy was a constable at I-Town Police Station in the Mahbubnagar district of Telangana.
It is believed he had been harassing a man named Ramesh for more than a year. The harassment would happen whenever the man transported sand in his tractor.
Ramesh told officers that the Indian cop would stop him numerous times even though he had all the valid documents to transport the sand.
Reddy allegedly threatened to have the tractor seized and even threatened to file a false case against him. The constable told the man that it could be prevented if he hands over some money.
Ramesh agreed to pay Rs. 17,000 to ensure that no case is filed against him and that his tractor is not seized. They arranged a meeting for the handover.
Ahead of the meeting, Ramesh filed a complaint against the corrupt constable with the ACB. A trap was laid and Reddy was caught on August 16.