Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nayagarh, Nov 13:
A police officer was today arrested by the Vigilance sleuths for allegedly accepting bribe to settle a cheque bounce case.
The accused cop identified as Rajendra Prasad Mandal, IIC of Khandapada police station, was arrested while accepting Rs 10,000 as bribe from the complainant.
The anti-graft officials seized the graft money from the police officer. Besides, raid was conducted at his ancestral house at Balakati and a search was conducted at the residence of the accused.
“We have arrested Khandapada police station IIC Rajendra Prasad Mandal today morning while accepting bribe of Rs 10, 000 from one Patitapaban Sahoo. The raid was conducted on the directions of Bhubaneswar Vigilance SP and based on the complaint lodged by Patitapaban Sahoo. The complainant had registered a case that Sidhamula sarpanch had given a cheque of Rs 50, 000 which was not honoured by the bank following which the complainant had approached the police to sort out the matter. The accused had demanded Rs 10, 000 to recover the amount. But, he did not solve the matter,” a Vigilance official said.
Notably, the accused had taken Rs 10, 000 from the complainant earlier also.
“The Sidhamula sarpanch had borrowed Rs 50, 000 from me for his daughter’s treatment. After an operation was done on her, he had given me a cheque of the said amount. However, the cheque bounced. When I approached Khandapada police station, they asked me to give Rs 10, 000 as bribe. I had given the amount and they asked to give Rs 10, 000 once again. The IIC asked me to put the money under the table. After some time, the Vigilance officials caught him,” the complainant said.
The complainant had registered a complant with the Vigilance SP in Bhubaneswar. Based on the complaint, a trap was laid today to apprehend the accused.
However, the accused has denied the allegations.
“He has kept the money under the files while I was busy in some other work. He might have filed a complaint with the Vigilance. No money has been recovered from me. I think he had put some money while I was busy which has been seized by the sleuths. I was not aware about it,” accused IIC Rajendra Prasad Mandal claimed.
The accused was later forwarded to court.