Lucknow: Absconding UP cadre IPS officer, Arvind Sen, surrendered before a Anti Corruption Court in Lucknow, on Wednesday morning, following his suspension from the services in a criminal case related to duping a Madhya Pradesh businessman. The court has remanded him to judicial custody till February 9.
The suspended deputy inspector general was on a run after Lucknow police had issued his arrest warrant in a multi-crore tender scam in the state animal husbandry department. On January 6, the police had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for any information leading to his arrest in connection with cheating and forgery in the Animal Husbandry department.
A probe against Arvind was carried out for misusing his post to get a tender allotted illegally in the animal husbandry department by duping a Madhya Pradesh-based businessman Manjeet Singh Bhatia of Rs 9.72 crore by floating a fake tender in the name of the Uttar Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department between March 2017 and 2018.
In June last year, Bhatia had lodged an FIR with the Hazratganj police against 12 people and their unidentified associates, following which Sen was suspended by the state government after his name cropped up in the investigation into the alleged duping case.
In 2019, Sen, who was then the Superintendent of Police posted at the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), had reportedly called Bhati to his office and threatened him with dire consequences if he pursue his complaint in connection with the multi crore scam.
So far, 13 people, including journalists for allegedly duping the businessman, have been arrested.
Sen, a resident of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and a 2013 batch IPS, was declared as a “proclaimed offender” by a Lucknow court in December 2020.
Meanwhile, the PPS officer, who became an IPS officer in 2013, is slated to retire from the police services on January 31.