Slueths of ACB arrests suspended police inspector for allegedly demanding bribe

Sleuths from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have arrested Anil alias Bhanudas Jadhav, a suspended police inspector on Monday in connection with a case of seeking bribe of Rs 50,000 on assurances of “managing” the Wadgaon Maval court.

The accused was earlier arrested by the ACB in September 2019 for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from an accused in a cheating case lodged at Chakan police station.

On January 13 this year, ACB had arrested one Shubhavari Gaikwad (29), a resident of Talegaon Dabhade, for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh from one Swapnil Shevkar on assurances of “managing” the Wadgaon Maval court.

Gaikwad allegedly approached Shevkar, pretending to be court staffer “Mhatre”, and demanded Rs 2.5 lakh, assuring him that she would “manage” the court and get a judgment in his favour. However, Shevkar approached the ACB and filed a complaint against ACB.

During the investigation, in this case, Archana Jatkar, judicial magistrate (first class) at the Wadgaon Maval court, came under scanner of the ACB for her alleged links with Gaikwad.

ACB officials said Jatkar has not been arrested yet in this case. But the ACB on Monday arrested Police Inspector Bhanudas Jadhav for his alleged role in the corruption case.

Jadhav had also been arrested earlier in connection with a drugs seizure case during a rave party in 2011, and was convicted. After finishing his six-month jail term, he joined the police force again. But after his arrest in 2019, he has been under suspension.

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