The Gujarat High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of a newspaper report about three police personnel allegedly extorting Rs 60,000 from a couple returning from Thailand. Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Aniruddha P Mayee have directed the Ahmedabad police commissioner to submit an action taken report by September 11.
Couple Threatened and Forced to Pay During Checking
As per the report, the incident took place on August 25 when the couple- Milan Kela, his wife Priyanka and their 1-year-old son returned to Ahmedabad from Bangkok.
Around 1:15 am, their cab was stopped by two traffic policemen – Mukesh and Ashok, and a traffic brigade jawan Vishal near Ognaj toll plaza. The checking was part of a drive following an accident on Iskcon bridge.
The policemen accused the couple of violating a ban on late night travel and threatened to book them. While Milan was taken to a police van, the other two sat in the cab with Priyanka and their child.
Forced to withdraw cash, transfer money
The cops took the couple to an isolated spot and demanded Rs 2 lakhs. They eventually settled for Rs 60,000. Milan was taken to an ATM to withdraw Rs 40,000. Priyanka was forced to transfer Rs 20,000 to the cab driver’s account via Google Pay. The policemen warned the couple against reporting the matter before letting them go.
Accused Arrested after Complaint
Two days later, Milan met the police commissioner who ordered immediate arrest of the accused. An FIR has been registered under relevant IPC sections including extortion as well as the Prevention of Corruption Act. The high court has directed the commissioner’s office to file an affidavit along with the action taken report by the next hearing.