Hyderabad: Inspector of Police P. Balvantaiah, serving at the Jubilee Hills police station under Hyderabad Commissionerate, is absconding from the time his conduit sub-inspector P Sudheer Reddy was caught red-handed while accepting bride on Thursday.
Sleuths of Anti-Corruption-Bureau (ACB) caught Sudheer Reddy while accepting Rs 50,000 bribe and two ‘VAT 69’ liquor bottles from a spot at Jubilee Hills Road No 10, a stone’s throw away from the police station.
The ACB’s tactic to confirm P. Balvantaiah’s involvement was well-designed and executed with precision.
On being apprehended, the sub-inspector spilled the beans and told the sleuths and mediators that he was acting upon instructions from his boss (referring to P Balvantaiah)
To verify the veracity of SI’s statement, he was made to call Balvantaiah and inform him about having received the bribe amount. The conversation between the SI and Inspector that was recorded for evidence purposes goes like this;
SI: Sir, I have collected Rs 50,000 from Motaparthi Vamsi Krishna.
Inspector: Why only Rs 50,000 when Rs one lakh was demanded. Ok, anyway take it and what about the other girl’s case?
Investigators told NewsMeter that Balvantaiah not only confirmed his involvement but also revealed that kickbacks were demanded in another case.
‘The complainant told ACB that it was the Inspector who directed them to the SI by saying he will ‘advise you’ on how to bail you out of the case. The SI then demanded Rs one lakh for station bail and to revoke Section 406 of IPC’ said the Investigator.
On Friday, when ACB sleuths along with sub-inspector were approaching the Jubilee Hills stretch and seeing them one of the staffers tipped off the Inspector who was on bandobast duty. The cop has been absconding since then.
On December 29, Jubilee police booked one Motaparthi Vamsi Krishna for cheating and criminal breach of trust of IPC. Vamsi Krishna, engaged in film production had visited Page 3 salon and coughed up a bill of Rs 35,000. Along with his wife, the man purchased cosmetics besides taking their services. However the couple failed to pay the bills.
The salon authorities after repeated requests for settlements of bills going in vain approached Jubilee Hills police, who booked a case against Vamsi Krishna under Sections 420 and 406 of Indian Penal code.
He was arrested and released on December 31. Balvantaiah through Sudheer Reddy demand a bribe of Rs one lakh from Vamsi Krishna for getting him released on station bail. It is to be noted that the Inspector assured to refer the case to Lok Adalat by deleting Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC.
On the request of the complainant, the bribe was reduced to Rs 50,000 with two VAT 69 liquor bottles.