Gujarat: Woman sub-inspector arrested for demanding Rs 35 lakh bribe from rape accused

A woman police sub-inspector (PSI) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, demanded Rs 35 lakh from a rape accused to not book a case against him.

India Today

woman police sub-inspector (PSI) in Ahmedabad has been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 35 lakh from a rape accused for not charging him under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act.

An FIR was booked against Ahmedabad-West Mahila police station in-charge Shweta Jadeja for allegedly demanding Rs 35 lakh from a rape accused.

According to the FIR, two women employees of a private company in Ahmedabad had filed a rape complaint the company’s managing director, Kenal Shah.

The FIR said that Shweta Jadeja, during the investigation of the case, demanded a bribe of Rs 35 lakh from the accused. She demanded the money for not booking Shah under provisions of the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) Act, where the police can send an accused to a jail outside his native district.

Shweta Jadeja demanded Rs 35 lakh from the Kenal Shah’s brother, Bhavesh, against whom she was investigating a rape case registered in 2019. Shweta Jadeja called Bhavesh to demanded the bribe and both sides agreed on Rs 20 lakh.

As per the FIR lodged by the city crime branch, Jadeja accepted Rs 20 lakh through a middleman and demanded an additional Rs 15 lakh from the rape case accused.

The complainant gave Rs 20 lakh to Jadeja in February, and she was forcing him to pay the remaining amount, the FIR said.

She was arrested on Friday and a case was registered against her under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the official said.

She was on Saturday produced before a sessions court where police sought her remand for seven days.

The court, however, granted three-day remand to the police for further investigation, public prosecutor Sudhir Brahmbhatt said.

“The main point is the police need to recover Rs 20 lakh accepted by the accused. So far, the investigation has revealed the bribe money was accepted by a middleman,” the prosecutor said.

Shah is the managing director of a crop solution company in Ahmedabad and is facing two separate rape cases under Indian Penal Code Section 376, one of which was being investigated by Jadeja.