Pune, 3rd December 2022: A senior clerk working at the Pune Sessions Court (MCOCA) has been detained by the state anticorruption bureau’s (ACB) office in Pune for allegedly taking a 1.5 lakh bribe on behalf of a murder suspect. According to the investigation, the clerk, Sachin Ashok Dethe (39), had received the payment via Google Pay to assist the accused in the case’s acquittal.
When Dethe requested Rs 10 lakh, a 23-year-old man filed a complaint with ACB officials. In a murder case filed with the Hadapsar police under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA), the complainant’s cousin is one of the accused parties. The special court is currently hearing the case.
The complainant used to go to court to pick up case-related paperwork, and the high court received a bail application. In his case, he claimed that Dethe had previously demanded payment to provide him with pertinent documents.
Dethe allegedly instructed him to send the money using GPay in October. The complainant also made surprising claims that Dethe had informed him there was no concrete proof against his cousin, so he could ask the court to rule in his favour. The clerk also let him know that he may make changes to witness statements as he typed them. He allegedly forced him to give him Rs two lakh as an advance after demanding Rs 10 lakh.
On Thursday night, the ACB set a trap. In a hotel close to the Shivajinagar Sessions Court, where Dethe was detained while accepting a Rs 1.5 case, Dethe contacted the complainant. Under the direction of SP Amol Tambe and Addl SP Suraj Gurav, the trap was set.