ASI posted at Haryana CM Hooda's house caught red-handed taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh

TuesdayASI Jagdish Ram (centre) in police custody in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

The vigilance cell of the UT Police has booked two police officials of Haryana Police for allegedly demanding an illegal gratification from a Mauli Jagran resident to exonerate him in an immigration fraud case. While Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Jagdish Ram of Haryana Armed Police, posted as a security personnel at the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda's residence, was caught red-handed, the second accused ASI, Jitender Kumar, who is the investigating officer of the case registered against the complainant, is yet to be arrested.

A deal for Rs 13 lakh was allegedly struck between the complainant and the two ASIs who told the complainant that the amount was to be shared between two ASIs and SHO of the police station concerned in Kaithal, where the case had been registered.

"Gurmeet Singh was booked by Haryana Police in August last year in an immigration fraud in Kaithal. Gurmeet came in contact with ASI Jagdish Ram. The amount was reduced to Rs 13 lakh after negotiation," said Inspector Gurjeet Kaur, UT Vigilance Cell.

ASI Jagdish Ram was arrested while accepting the second instalment of Rs 1 lakh from the parking area of Leisure Valley opposite MLA hostel on Tuesday.

"The accused was caught red-handed while accepting a graft of Rs 1 lakh. We have recovered the amount and will be raiding the residences of the two accused to recover the rest of the amount which the complainant had allegedly paid as first instalment," said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Jal Dhari Meena. "Police teams are being sent to Ambala to raid ASI Jagdish's residence and to Kaithal to arrest ASI Jitender and establish the involvement of SHO, if any."

Gurmeet Singh, a taxi service provider and a resident of Mauli Jagran, on Tuesday gave a written complaint to the vigilance cell against ASI Jagdish Ram and ASI Jitender Singh. Gurmeet alleged that he had paid Rs 5 lakh as first instalment to ASI Jagdish Ram after the deal was finalised. ASI Jagdish Ram then allegedly passed the first instalment to ASI Jitender.

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