The police constable, who was arrested on Wednesday for taking a bribe of Rs65 lakh from a private Pune company, has been further remanded to police custody for five more days.
Bipinchandra Tiwari was trapped by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Chalisgaon, near Jalgaon, while accepting the money from officials of Samruddha Jeevan Foods India. He was produced before a special court in Jalgaon that remanded him in custody till February 1. On Friday, the court extended the remand.
The police man was investigating a complaint by a farmer against Samruddha that the company, whose primary business is cattle contracting, was collecting deposits without permission of the Reserve Bank of India.
Tiwari's senior, police inspector Laxman Gaikwad, has also been named as an accused, said Shashikant Mahavarkar, superintendent of police, ACB, Nashik division. Gaikwad is absconding. A police team that went to his house in Sawarkar Nagar, Nashik, did not find him there.
Meanwhile, it is learned that constable Tiwari has previous cases of extortion pending against him and there is also a rape case registered against him at Pachora police station dating back to September 2006. He has been transferred from Chalisgaon, but has not been officially relieved yet.
In the Samruddha case, Tiwari allegedly demanded Rs1 crore to settle the issue. Company officials complained to the ACB and laid a trap. They negotiated to pay Rs65 lakh.
The police constable was shrewd enough to ask the officials to switch off their phones. But the ACB managed to record the conversation nevertheless.
Tiwari rode to the appointed place on his motorbike and received the bag of cash, but was caught by ACB officials.