Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Thursday arrested Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Ashish Kapoor, posted as Commandant of the 4th IRB in Pathankot, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 crore from an undertrial.
Along with Ashish, DSP (Intelligence Services) Pawan Kumar and ASI Harjinder Singh have been nominated as accused in the case. The Vigilance Bureau (VBI) spokesperson said that a case under sections 7 and 7-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 420 and 120-B of the IPC was again registered against the accused. The spokesperson said Ashish, during his posting as superintendent of Amritsar Central Jail in 2016, met a woman, Poonam Rajan of Kurukshetra, who was in judicial custody in a particular case.
When Poonam, her mother Prem Lata, brother Kuldeep Singh and sister-in-law Preeti were in police custody at Zirakpur Police Station in a particular case, Ashish arrived at the police station and allegedly convinced Prem Lata to help her secure bail and release from the Court.
The spokesperson said Ashish in collaboration with Pawan, then Zirakpur SHO and ASI Harjinder got Preeti “found not guilty” in the case. In lieu of the favor, Ashish allegedly got Prem Lata’s signatures on checks amounting to Rs 1 crore and encashed them in the names of his acquaintances through ASI.
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