ACB seeks bank details of accused policemen
AURANGABAD: The Akola unit of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), which arrested former ATS officer Shivaji alias Shiva Avdhutrao Thakre (51) while accepting bribe recently, has now sought bank account transactions of the accused since 2001. The ACB has also sought such details of a police head constable, who is also an accused in the case.
Thakre, who was posted as a crime branch inspector, was caught by the Akola unit of ACB on the night of February 6 while accepting Rs 5 lakh at Shegaon in Buldhana district. The accused had demanded Rs 10 lakh from the complainant for not framing him in a false terrorism-related case. Thakre is a resident of Row House no. 2, N1 in Cidco.
A couple of days after his arrest, his key aide and writer (assistant) Bheema Pawar was also nabbed. The duo was remanded in police custody before the Khamgaon special court released them on conditional bail.
Meanwhile, the name of head constable Prakash Kale attached to the Cidco police started cropping up in the case. Rs 1 lakh of the bribe money was transferred by the complainant’s friend in the constable’s account. After the ACB launched a manhunt, Kale surrendered himself to the Akola unit of the ACB on February 11.
Akola deputy superintendent of police (ACB) Uttam Jadhav said they have recorded Kale’s statement after he surrendered. Jadhav said, “We have sought bank account details of Kale and main accused Thakre since 2001. Kale first came in contact with Thakre while being posted at Kranti Chowk police in 2001, when the main accused was posted there as a sub-inspector.”
He said investigations into each and every rupee that the accused got from any other source other than salary would be carried out.
Sources said the bank statement of the head constable is likely to act as an incriminating piece of evidence against Thakre and Pawar. Sources added that there are also undeniable and connecting evidences against Thakre, who had sent a text message to the complainant asking him to deposit Rs 1 lakh in the given account number of a nationalized bank.