The top cop allegedly received a whopping Rs 3 crores to scuttle the arrest!!
Delhi Crown Bureau
New Delhi: A top cop of the Delhi Police, of the rank of senior Special CP who had been in news in the past too for being hands-in-glove with bookies operating from East District, allegedly received a whopping Rs 3 (three) crores before ensuring international bookie Lakshay Vij’s “release” from the clutches of the Gujarat Police last weekend.
Betting, or Sattabaazi, is nothing new in the national capital. Only in June last year, after being arrested by the East District Police a Satta-King had claimed that he gave huge amounts of money to the same senior Special CP as a “protection money”. The revelations then made by the Satta-King had put the Delhi Police in the dock attracting bad Press.
The same top cop was also accused of “collections” during his stint in Andamans in the recent past.
Sources claim that the present Commissioner of Police (CP) Sanjay Arora is a man of honesty and integrity, but “is not aware of rampant corruption and ‘extortion business’ being carried out by top cops right under his nose”.
It is learnt that the matter would be investigated by the Vigilance Department or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the said senior Special CP is known to be having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
According to media reports, the large sum of money was allegedly exchanged between the senior Special CP and international bookie Lakshay Vij, in order to “free him” from the Gujarat Police cops who had successfully nabbed him from Dilshad Garden.
High drama unfolded at Shahdara on Saturday (March 11) after a special team of Gujarat Police cops brought Vij to the Anand Vihar police station asking for his transit custody/remand for taking him to Ahmedabad. But, the Delhi Police’s Senior Special CP played the “bad cop” in getting Vij freed from Gujarat Police after a close aide of Vij “met” the top cop in Delhi.
Soon, as an eye wash, a Notice was served to Vij directing him to join the investigation whenever called.
“Over the years bookie Lakshay Vij has been running an international betting racket from Dubai. He had recently returned to his home in Dilshad Garden. On getting a tip off, the Gujarat Police nabbed him from near Karkardooma Court, and were preparing to take him to Ahmedabad but the Delhi Police cops played a spoilsport,” said a report by www.bharatexpress.com.
According to the report, soon after Vij was nabbed by the Gujarat Police, one of his close aides “contacted” the top cops of East District Police, on whose “directions” the bookie was freed on the pretext of serving him a Notice to join investigation.
“The Delhi Police cops are tight lipped when asked what if Vij once again escaped to his hideout in Dubai,” said the report.
It further stated that in this connection two top cops, one of the rank of Joint Commissioner and another a DCP, were reprimanded at the Police HeadQuarters on Monday (March 13), and that the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell also “played a role” in the whole saga taking their “share of the cake”.
“It is alleged that the Shahdara police got him released from the custody of the Gujarat police by playing an illegal hook. Bookie Lakshay Vij was able to get relief only because of the blunder at the official level. In this case, the cyber cell is also accused of trying to grab a piece of the cake. If sources are to be believed, after this development, a Joint Commissioner and DCP have been called and reprimanded. Not only this, an investigation over the matter has also been decided,” added the media report.
Vij was arrested by a team led by Sub-Inspector B.B. Khant of Ahmedabad Crime Branch. “When, after completing the formalities, preparations were made to take him to Ahmedabad the gang of bookies started the campaign to save him from the Gujarat Police,” said the report.
It also quoted sources as saying, “a broker who settled the matter contacted the top officials and made it clear that the Gujarat Police should not take away the bookie Lakshay Vij under any circumstances.”