Surat cops to quiz Asaram over bribery
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Surat police plans to question Asaram Bapu for allegedly conspiring to bribe police and other institutions to weaken the case against his son Narayan Sai, who is in police custody for alleged sexual assault. The police had stumbled upon a bribery racket of Rs 13 crore. Of this, the police recovered Rs 8 crore and arrested sub-inspector C M Kumbhani of Surat crime branch, builder and mall owner Ketan Patel, Sai's close associate Uday Sanghani and car driver Dhiraj Patel on Thursday night.
Sources in the police department claimed that Sai, when he was in Surat police crime branch custody during his remand period, became very friendly with sub-inspector Kumbhani. Under Sai's direction, Kumbhani met Sanghani outside the police station and assured him that he is with Sai and can do favours to him if he is paid well. Uday, however, was not convinced and told Kumbhani that he would arrange for the money after talking to Sai.
Kumbhani smuggled Sanghani inside Sai's lock-up on the morning of December 9 and put up a tough police cordon outside the crime branch, not allowing anybody inside. Sanghani and Sai met about the monetary deal to crack up the judiciary, police, jail authorities and doctors of the New Civil hospital. It was decided to split Rs 13 crore among them after a telephonic discussion with Asaram Bapu. Sanghani then arranged for the money with the help of Sai's associates.
A complaint in this connection was lodged with the crime branch police station by Assistant Commissioner of Police J K Jhala. However, Sai, who is also an accused in the cash deal conspiracy, would be re-arrested later in this case as, at present, he is on Surat police remand for sexual assault case, registered with Jehangirpura police station.