ACB detains Rajasthan IPS officer for bribery

The Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday detained a 33-year-old IPS officer for questioning on corruption charges and under the Excise Act in Jaipur. ACB officials believe an assistant sub-inspector, Prem Singh, who was arrested earlier in the day, had demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs 1 lakh on behalf of the IPS officer in question, Assistant SP Ajay Singh.

ACB IGP Umesh Mishra told The Indian Express that ASP Ajay Singh was detained for questioning. "He was on official leave and on his way to his village when he was detained for questioning. On searching his car, we found two cases or 24 bottles of liquor for which a case under the Excise Act has been registered," Mishra said. He added Singh was taken to Ajmer for further questioning.

A 2009-batch IPS officer, Singh completed his probation in Jodhpur and was posted as an ASP in the Ajmer North circle.

Singh's involvement in the case came to light on interrogating ASI Prem Singh, who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe from a chit fund agent. According to the ACB, Ajay Singh was investigating a chit fund fraud case in Ajmer in which Prem Singh threatened to 'fix' the agent unless he paid Rs 1 lakh. The agent approached the ACB, which laid a trap on Thursday.

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