Two cops deny taking RM8,000 bribe
IPOH: A police inspector and a corporal were charged at the sessions court here yesterday with taking a RM8,000 bribe to close a drug case two years ago.
Corporal V. Ravi Chandran, 48, and Inspector Mohd Faizal Fauzi, 34, from the Ipoh district police antinarcotics branch, were jointly charged with accepting the bribe as an inducement from an individual identified as K. Premnath, from Taman Lapangan Perdana here, to close an investigation under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drug Act against him.
The alleged offence was committed at Maybank Jelapang branch, Jalan Silibin here between 7.40pm and 7.55pm on Sept 2, 2014.
The duo, who claimed trial, were charged under Section 17 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which upon conviction, carries a fine of five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000 or whichever is higher.
Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission prosecuting officer Nurul Wahida Jalaludin asked the court to impose a bail of RM15,000 for each of the accused.
“The bail must be substantive based on the seriousness of the case and public interest,” she added. Lawyer for both accused, K. Nahtan, who asked for RM10,000 bail for each of them, said: “My clients are government servants and the question of them absconding does not arise.”
He told the court Ravi Chandran is married with three children aged 21, 17, and 15 while his wife is not working. Mohd Faizal has three children aged five, six and seven. His wife is a Telekom Malaysia employee.
Judge S. Indera Nehru set bail at RM10,000 each and fixed Dec 14 for case management.