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Police officer suspended for demanding bribe

Pune: A senior inspector of Pune police was today suspended following a complaint by a city-based builder that he demanded Rs 25 lakhs to “settle” a land grabbing case.

"As the matter is serious, on the basis of prima facie probe we have suspended senior inspector Dhananjay Dhumal from duty," Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla told PTI.
“As the matter is serious, on the basis of prima facie probe we have suspended senior inspector Dhananjay Dhumal from duty,” Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla told PTI.

Sandip Jadhav, the complainant, had submitted a video to the police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau which purportedly showed senior police inspector Dhananjay Dhumal asking him for money and alleging that city police commissioner Rashmi Shukla had demanded it.

According to the builder, he shot the video on July 20 at Dhumal’s office. Next day he approached ACB and subsequently the state DGP’s office, Chief Minister’s office and the Lokayukta.

“As the matter is serious, on the basis of prima facie probe we have suspended Dhumal from duty,” Shukla told PTI.

The video was sent to the forensic laboratory to check its authenticity.

“We have not yet received the results from the laboratory,” the commissioner said.

Before suspension, Dhumal, who was with property cell of the police, was transferred to the control room.

In 2011, Dhumal, then with the ATS, along with three constables was accused of trying to extort money from a businessman by threatening to implicate him in terror-related case. The complaint was disposed of for lack of evidence.

PTI
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