Jodhpur: SI on run, Ratnada SHO arrested after ACB trap
Jaipur: A day after Rajasthan ACB arrested SHO of Ratnada police station in Jodhpur Bhupendra Singh for an illegal seizure of Rs 4.50 lakh, sub inspector Ganpatlal who is also under scanner went missing. The SHO had seized Rs 4.50 lakh from a private tutor, but it came up during investigation that the seizure was never recorded officially. The SHO kept the money for himself and agreed to return only half of the amount. The SHO was trapped when he was returning Rs 1 lakh to the tutor. The agency has launched a search for the SI.
According to senior ACB officers, ACB complainant Vikram Singh Rathore was arrested in May for impersonating as an RAS officer and getting a job as a tutor at a private institute. Vikram alleges that he cracked the civil services exam in 2015 and but he was wrongly booked on the behest of the owner of another coaching institute.
The police raided Vikram’s house after arresting him and recovered Rs 4.50 lakh. The money was never entered into the police station records. The SHO allegedly kept it for himself. Vikram was released on bail on June 14 and approached the SHO demanding his money back. Circle Inspector Bhupendra Singh and SI Ganpatlal initially refused to return the money, but later said that they would return only half of it.
After Vikram registered a complaint with ACB, a trap was laid. Vikram went to the police station on Friday. The SHO was trapped when he was allegedly returning Rs 1 lakh to Vikram in his office. The ACB arrested Bhupendra and registered a case under various section of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Further investigation is going on.