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Fact Check: 2023 Video Of Policeman Arrested On Bribery Charges Fictitiously Linked To New Criminal Law


In June 2024, three new criminal laws were introduced, reforming India’s criminal justice system. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) have replaced the British-era laws: the Indian Penal Code (IPC) of 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) of 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act of 1872, respectively.

Against this backdrop, a video showing a man dressed as a lawyer — wearing a white shirt, black pants, and a black coat — forcefully arresting a policeman and taking him away with the help of others, has gone viral on social media. Later, both are seen sitting in a police car. As per the video caption, the policeman was caught by the lawyer while taking bribe, attributing this to the success of a new law.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: इसी तरह बेतिया के वकील साहब लोग भी करने लगे तो बेतिया शहर वासी काफी तहे दिल से धन्यवाद देंगे यह काम तो जनप्रतिनिधियों का भी है लेकिन करते कहां है बहुत से पत्रकार साहब लोग भी खबर बनाने में डरते हैं या कोई और वजह होगा नये कानून के लागू होने का असर वकील साहब दरोग़ा को घूसखोरी के आरोप में पकड़कर ले जाते हुए (English version: See below.👇)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE.

Performing the Reverse Image Search of the viral video keyframes, the NM team identified a YouTube video, uploaded on June 17, 2023. It’s description reads: A bribery incident at the BKT police station in Lucknow, indicating that the event took place before the new criminal law was enacted.

Another report from Newstrack, dated June 13, 2023, carries a screenshot from the viral video. The report states that Inspector Pradeep Pandey from BKT police station was caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau team accepting a ₹25,000 bribe. The incident occurred in the Bakshi pond area of Lucknow. According to the report, the inspector had demanded a bribe in exchange for delivering justice in a land dispute case. The victim had already paid part of the bribe and reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption department, which caught the inspector taking the remaining ₹13,000. An FIR was registered, and the inspector was arrested.

Thus, we can conclusively say that an old incident from Lucknow has been misrepresented as the outcome of the newly implemented criminal law.

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