Impersonator arrested for trying to extort money from BMC official

A man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to extort money from a BMC official posing as an anti-corruption bureau (ACB) officer.

Matunga Police said Sachin Jadhav (35) allegedly called Hanif Shaikh, an officer at the BMC F-Ward office, last week and said he was ACP Pradhan from ACB.

"Jadhav told Shaikh he had a file containing evidence of all his supposed property investments, black money dealings and also incriminating call data records. He demanded Rs 9 lakh to hand over the file," said ACP Ravindra Khandagle. Shaikh ignored the call but Jadhav called again, threatening strict action if he did not pay. He then informed police.

On police instructions, Shaikh waited for Jadhav to call again and when he did, he agreed to pay. A meeting was fixed at a hotel in Dadar, where officers police officers in plainclothes were waiting.

As soon as Jadhav showed up, police detained him. He was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with impersonation and extortion. "Inquiries revealed Jadhav had done odd jobs for a contractor executing BMC projects, which is how he got the number of Shaikh," Khandagle said.

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