Sunday, March 12, 2017

Court pulls up CBI, acquits cop facing graft charges

The Hindu‎‎‎‎: New Delhi: Sunday, March 12, 2017.
Constable was accused of demanding Rs.20,000 as bribe to settle a complaint
A court here has pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for fabricating documents with regard to a trap laid to catch a Delhi Police constable, who had allegedly demanded a bribe to settle a complaint regarding noise pollution.
The constable, Ram Kishan Sharma, worked in the Kotwali SDM court at Daryaganj. A complaint had been lodged against him by one Pawan Kumar, who alleged that the accused sought a bribe of ₹20,000 to settle a noise pollution complaint.
‘Documents fabricated’
Acquitting the constable, Additional Sessions Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg said “there is a large number of material contradictions and discrepancies on record.”
Referring to replies to a RTI application regarding a witness accompanying the CBI in cases where a trap is laid, the judge said: “These RTI documents cast a serious doubt on the entire prosecution case and points towards fabrication of documents by the CBI officials at a later stage.”
The court also indicted the CBI for giving incorrect name and address of the accused. “None of the CBI officials, including the verifying officer... and the trap laying officer... were aware of the correct name and address of the accused [at the time of lodging of FIR] despite alleged verification of the complaint,” Mr. Garg said.
The policemen who allegedly caught the accused were also not examined during the trial.