IPS officer faces unlawful gratification charges in suspended theft case

Facing charges of unlawful gratuity in a ₹30 crore theft case, a senior IPS officer stationed in Rohtak was suspended by the Haryana government on Friday. The Special Task Force (STF) investigating the case said the officer was on the run.

Dheeraj Kumar, IPS, commander of the 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion in Sunaria, has been suspended, said an order from Additional Chief Secretary (Interior) Rajeev Arora.

Mr Kumar faces charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly accepting bribes in a robbery case recorded at Kherki Daula police station in Gurugram on August 21. The case concerns the theft of cash from the office of a private company in Sector 84.

“He was arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act almost two weeks ago. He was given a few notices to join the investigation, but he did not show up. He is on the run,” said Sateesh Balan, Deputy Inspector General of Police, STF.

Mr Balan said the officer allegedly received an illegal gratuity. “Although he returned a large part of the bribe, he kept some dollars. That is the allegation. We need to verify it,” Mr Balan said.

10 arrested

A dozen people, including two doctors and an ASI from the Delhi police, were arrested in this case. The doctors, the alleged masterminds, allegedly told the police that they had paid around ₹3 crore and gold to the IPS officer, but he only kept ₹20 lakh and returned the remaining silver and gold.

Mr. Kumar was posted as DCP (South) in Gurugram and faced additional charges from the Crime Branch when the crime took place. He was later transferred to Kurukshetra as Superintendent of Police prior to his current posting.

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