Two cops deny tak­ing RM8,000 bribe

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

Ravi Chan­dran

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