Tea vendor helped policemen collect bribes

Tea vendor helped policemen collect bribes

Two Delhi Police constables have been arrested for allegedly extracting bribes by using a local tea vendor. Yashpal and Rajpal were posted with west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar police station.

Police said they demanded Rs 20,000 to release a delivery van seized in a theft case.

“They were trapped while accepting a bribe from the delivery van’s owner through the tea vendor on Friday evening. The tea vendor identified as Vinod Shah has also been nabbed,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vigilance Branch) R K Jha.

The delivery van’s owner had approached the vigilance branch of Delhi Police. Earlier, he had helped Kirti Nagar police station to arrest four persons involved in a theft case. The delivery van was used in the case. It was seized and kept parked at Kirti Nagar police station.

The bribe was demanded to get the vehicle released. “When the man approached local police, Yashpal and Rajpal had demanded Rs 20,000,” Jha added.

The complainant requested them to reduce the amount and sought time to arrange the money as it was a big amount for him. After negotiations, the amount was settled at Rs 15,000 to be paid in instalments.

The man had also recorded his conversations with the policemen. He provided the recordings as evidence when he reported the matter with vigilance branch. He had also arranged Rs 5,000 as the first instalment.

On the basis of the complaint, a trap raid was laid by the vigilance branch on Friday. “The complainant met Yashpal and Rajpal at the police station. The constables directed him to hand over the money to the tea vendor known to them,” Jha said.

As directed, the complainant handed over Rs 5,000 to tea vendor Vinod. The raiding team immediately apprehended Vinod along with Yashpal and Rajpal.

A case under Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered with Vigilance Branch police station.