Tihar officer suspended over bribe charge

An assistant superintendent of the Tihar jail was suspended over allegations of taking bribes from an inmate of the jail.

The incident was reported last week, when an inmate from jail number 8 told jail officers that he had given Assistant Superintendent Akhilesh Rathore Rs 50,000 to get him out on bail.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Rathore had allegedly promised to use his contacts to secure bail for the inmate, Tilak, if he paid Rathore Rs 90,000, jail officers said. Tilak has been charged with murder.

"Rathore had allegedly taken Rs 50,000 from the prisoner last month but could not get him bail. When the prisoner demanded his money back, the officer allegedly threatened him and asked him to remain silent. The prisoner then complained to the jail superintendent," a senior jail officer said.

Sunil Gupta, law officer of Tihar Jail, said: "We received a complaint from the inmate. Prima facie, it seemed the allegations are true and the assistant superintendent was immediately suspended. A detailed inquiry is being conducted."

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