Crimes by Khaki
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Editor: NAGARAJA.M.R… VOL.10
issue.50…… .21 / 12 / 2016
Crimes by policemen, a matter of concern
By D V Guruprasad, , Former
DG & IGP Karnataka
Sometime ago, when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made a
comment that “policemen are criminals in uniform”, there was outrage in the
Delhi Police. A similar comment made earlier by a judge resulted in similar
Recent incidents in Bengaluru involving policemen, both serving and retired, in
criminal activities makes one feel that may be such comments are not entirely
unfounded. In the last week alone, Bengaluru police arrested a retired deputy
superintendent of police (DySP) and seven serving policemen on charges of
robbing businessmen post demonetisation drive.
Few years ago, some police officers in Mysuru allegedly stopped a bus going to
Kerala, detained a passenger and knocked off a huge amount of cash he was
carrying. On his complaint, an investigation was conducted and some serving
police officers were charged for the crime.
Earlier in the past, crimes alleged against police personnel used to centre
around their corrupt activities or custodial violence. We had even heard of
cases where stolen property recovered from the accused were misappropriated by
unscrupulous police officers.
However, policemen themselves planning and plotting robberies and dacoities
were rare indeed. The fact that such incidents are now occurring frequently
indicates that something is seriously wrong.
There is no easy answer to the question as to why policemen turn criminals.
Lure of quick and easy money, constant interaction with criminals and inherent
behavioural problems may be cited as some reasons.
But the larger question is how do such people get into the police force in the
first place? Is there no system to screen such people from entering the system?
Police recruitment does not have a system of identifying potential wrong doers.
Usually physical efficiency test, written test and personal interviews are held
for selection. Police departments of five states are now incorporating
questions related to assessment of a person’s psychological makeup into the
But potential misfits are not flagged and removed based on their answers. In
personal interviews of police sub-inspectors in Karnataka, a psychologist is
part of the interview board. But no candidate seems to have been rejected based
on the psychologist’s assessment.
Since it is difficult to prevent a person with criminal mind in getting
selected into the police wing, it is incumbent upon police top bosses to
inculcate values during induction training. While some states have introduced
ethics as one of the subjects for police training, many still concentrate on
subjects like law and police duties.
It is also a well-known that police training does not get the importance it
deserves. Hence even at this stage, undesirable persons do not usually get
If a person with a criminal mind manages to get selected and gets confirmed in
the police force, the only way to make him pursue a path of law is by constant
supervision. It is a pity there are no periodical assessments to gauge the
mental makeup of a police constable or a sub-inspector.
The department normally goes by whatever is written by seniors in the Annual
Appraisal Reports (ARRs). More often, these reports are written routinely. In
the armed forces or in the central police forces, an assessment of a person’s
performance and mental makeup is periodically made and black sheep are
mercilessly weeded out.
As per the data of the National Crime Research Bureau (NCRB), the total number
of criminal cases registered against policemen were 1,989 in 2013; 2,600 in
2014 and 5,526 in 2015. Of these 5,526 cases, Kerala itself accounted for 3,080
cases, whereas Karnataka reported only 84 cases. Considering that people in
general do not make complaints against policemen in India, this figure is
Out of the 5,526 cases, 4,367 cases were charge sheeted and in 1,512 cases
police personnel were arrested. However, the total number of police personnel
convicted is only 25. These figures indicate that wrongdoers rarely get
Can such crimes be stopped? The answer is ‘no’. There will be black sheep in
the department. However, such crimes can be minimised.
This can be done by screening the applicants for police jobs by using well
established psychometric tests, instilling strong sense of values during
training and having periodic refresher training courses, taking strict action
including dismissing from the service against those with criminal bent of mind
and constantly monitoring the activities of at least those police men who come
to adverse notice.
Whistle blowers in the department need to be encouraged and protected. Efforts
should be made to see that those police men charge sheeted for serious crimes
do not escape punishment.
Merely having a Police Complaints Authority in every state does not solve the
problem. A system of policing the police needs to be introduced. If police
leaders do not sit up and take corrective measures, the situation will go out of
CRIMINALS IN POLICE
- An appeal to union home minister & Karnataka state home minister
The ABC of police
force in India is apathy ,
brutality & corruption . in India, police are not impartially enforcing
law instead are working as hand maidens of rich & mighty. The corrupt
police officers are collecting protection money from criminals ,
collecting money to go slow on investigations , to file B- reports , to
fix innocents in fake cases , to murder innocents in lock-up /
encounters . they are hand in league with land mafia , today C.M of
Karnataka himself issued a warning to police officials about this.
Even in lock-ups , jails, the rich inmates bribe
officials get better food from outside , mobile phones , drugs , drinks
, cigareetes , etc. they get spacious cells & get best private medical
care . where as the poor inmates are even denied food , health care ,
living space as per the provisions of law. The corrupt jail officials
instigate rowdy elements in the jails to assault poor inmates & to toe
their line. More corrupt the police more wealthier he is. Even CBI
officials are no different. The only beacon of hope is still there are
few honest people left in the police force.
Hereby , e-voice urges you to make public the following
information in the interest of justice.
1.how many CBI officials & Karnataka state police officials are facing
charges of corruption , 3rd degree torture , lock-up/encounter deaths
, rapes , fake cases , etc ?
2.how you are monitoring the ever increasing wealth of corrupt police
3.how many officials from the ranks of constable to DGP have amassed
4.what action you have taken in these cases ? have you got
reinvestigated all the cases handled by tainted police?
5.how many policemen have been awarded death penalty & hanged till
death , for cold blooded murders in the form of lock-up deaths /
encounter deaths ?
6.why DGP of Karnataka is not registering my complaint dt 10/12/2004 ,
subsequent police complaints ?
is it because rich & mighty are involved ?
7.e - voice is ready to bring to book corrupt police officials subject to
conditions, are you ready ?
8.how many police personnel are charged with violations of people's
human rights & fundamental rights ?
9.how many STF police deployed to nab veerappan were themselves
charged with theft of forest wealth?
10.how you are ensuring the safety , health , food , living space of
inmates in jails?
11.how you are ensuring the medical care , health of prisoners in
hospitals & mental asylums?
12.How you are ensuring the safety , health , food , living space of
inmates in juvenile homes ?
reasons why criminals in khaki get away
every man like S.P.S. Rathore who abuses his authority stand the generals and
footsoldiers who help and support him. We need to take them all down.
S.P.S. Rathore, the criminal former
top cop of Haryana, may appear alone today but we must never forget that he was
able to get away with the sexual molestation of a young child and the illegal
harassment of her family for 19 years because he had hundreds of men who
supported him in his effort to evade justice.
The fact that these men – fellow
police officers, bureaucrats, politicians, lawyers, judges, school
administrators – were willing to bend the system to accommodate a man accused
of molesting a minor speaks volumes for the moral impoverishment of our
establishment and country. Decent societies shun those involved in sexual
offences against children. Even criminals jailed for ‘ordinary’ crimes like
murder treat those serving time for molesting children as beyond the pale. But
in India, men like Rathore have their uses for their masters, so the system
circles its wagons and protects them.
The CBI’s appeal may lead to the
enhancement of Rathore’s sentence and perhaps even the slapping of abetment to
suicide charges, since his young victim killed herself to put an end to the
criminal intimidation her family was being subjected to by Rathore and his men.
But the systemic rot which the case has exposed will not be remedied unless
sustained public pressure is put on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram, two men who have it in their power to push for
simple remedies in the way the Indian law enforcement and justice delivery
First, abolish the need for
official, i.e. political sanction to prosecute bureaucrats, policemen and
security forces personnel when they are accused of committing crimes. The
original intent behind this built-in stay-out-of-jail card was to protect state
functionaries from acts done in the course of discharging their duties in good
faith. Somewhere along the line, this has come to mean protecting our
custodians of law and order when they murder innocent civilians (eg. the
infamous Panchalthan case in Kashmir where the trial of army men indicted by
the CBI for murdering five villagers in 2000 still cannot take place because
the Central government will not grant permission), or assault or molest women
and children. No civilised, democratic society grants such impunity. It is
disgusting to see former officials and bureaucrats from Haryana saying how they
had wanted Rathore prosecuted but were prevented from doing so because of
pressure. Such officials should either be made formally to testify in a
criminal case against the politicians who so pressured them or they should
themselves be hauled up for perverting the course of justice.
Second, stop talking about how
making the police and army answerable to the law will somehow demoralise their
morale. Does anybody care about the morale of ordinary citizens any more? Or
the morale of upright police and army officers, who do not think it is right
for their colleagues to be able to get away with criminal acts?
Third, bring an end to the cosy
relationship between the police and politicians. Rathore was protected by four
chief ministers of Haryana. He served them and they served him by ensuring his
unfettered rise. It is absurd that the Indian Police is still governed by a
colonial-era Act dating back to 1861. A number of commissions have made
recommendations for reforming the police over the years; but no government or
political party wants to give up its ability to use and misuse the police for
their own benefit.
Fourth, ensure that police officers
who abuse their authority and engage in mala fide prosecutions are dismissed
from service and sentenced to jail for a long period of time. Mr. Chidambaram
should use the considerable resources at his command to find out who were the
policemen involved in filing 11 bogus cases against the teenaged brother of the
young girl Rathore molested. He should then make sure criminal proceedings are
initiated against all of them. The message must go out to every policeman in
the country: If you abuse the law at the behest of a superior, you will suffer
Fifth, ensure that criminal charges
against law enforcement personnel are fast-tracked as a matter of routine so
that a powerful defendant is not able to use his position to delay proceedings
the way Rathore did for years on end. The destruction or disappearance of
material evidence in such cases must be treated as a grave offence with strict
criminal liability imposed on the individual responsible for breaking the chain
Sixth, empower the National Human
Rights Commission with teeth so that police departments and state governments
cannot brush aside their orders as happened in the Rathore case. This would
also require appointing to the NHRC women and men who have a proven record of
defending human rights in their professional life, something that is done today
only in the breach. The attitude of the Manmohan Singh government to this
commission and others like the National Commission for Women (NCW) and National
Commission for Minorities is shocking. Vacancies are not filled for months on
Seventh, ensure the early enactment
of pending legislation broadening the ambit of sexual crimes, including sexual
crimes against children. Between rape, defined as forced penetrative sex, and
the vague, Victorian-era crime of ‘outraging the modesty of a woman’, the
Indian Penal Code recognises no other form of sexual violence. As a result, all
forms of sexual molestation and assault short of rape attract fairly lenient
punishment, of the kind Rathore got. In his case, the judge did not even hand
down the maximum sentence, citing concerns for the criminal’s age. Sadly, he
did not take into account the age of the victim and neither does the IPC, which
fails to distinguish between ‘outraging the modesty’ of an adult woman and a
A draft law changing these
provisions and bringing India into line with the rest of the modern world has
been pending with the NCW and Law Ministry for years. Perhaps the government
may now be shamed into pushing it through Parliament at the earliest.
Eighth, take steps to introduce a
system of protection of witnesses and complainants. The fate that the family of
Rathore’s young victim had to endure is testament to the fact that people who
seek justice in India do so at their own peril.
Ninth, ensure that robust
interrogation techniques like narco-analysis, which are routinely used against
other alleged criminals, are also employed against police officers accused of
Tenth, the media and the higher judiciary
must also turn the light inward and ask themselves whether they were also
derelict in their duty. The Rathore case did not attract the kind of constant
media attention it deserved, nor do other cases involving serving police
officers accused of crimes against women, workers, peasants and minorities. As
for the upper courts, their record is too patchy to inspire confidence. It was,
after all, the high court which chose to disregard the CBI’s request for
including abetment to suicide charges.
Shri Justice T S Thakur ,
Honourable Chie Justice of India ,
No.5 , Krishna Menon Marg ,
Subject : Honourable Chief Justice of India Resign
from judicial service
Read the following articles it shows the ugly
face , criminal face of Indian Police & Indian Judges. Ofcourse
, there are honest few in police service & judiciary , but their
numbers are dwindling day by day. Their voices
are muted. A crime can happen without the knowledge of police
, but a crime cann’t continue for years without the knowledge ,
connivance of local police.
Inspite of repeated appeals , show cause notices by
our publication to you , you have not replied let alone take
action. You & your office staff lack decorum , etiquette
, duty consciousness of replying to
letters. You are making contempt of citizens of india.
But remember the basic fact that you are enjoying 5 star pay
, perks at the expense of public.
Throughout this petition & in our past
appeals , the term “JUDGE” includes all public servants right
from revenue inspector , officials performing quasi judicial
functions right up to chief justice of india.
In the following articles we have clearly shown
how justice is delayed & justice manipulated
in india. SCI & CJI is not even bothered about health
conditions , life of applicants. I am suffering from
health problems caused by my previous occupation
at M/s RPG Cables Ltd and am in my final days ,
authorities , SCI , CJI is not
bothered to give justice inspite of my repeated appeals
for more than a decade.
Following two examples , actual cases
highlighting the judicial delays :
1. In Mysore ideal Jawa Factory
, company was locked out. Huge amounts were outstanding to banks ,
suppliers , employees. The land usage , alienation could have
been converted from industrial use to commercial to get higher market
price and then auctioned. We appealed for same to authorities
including SCI , but they didn’t heed. It was auctioned off for lesser
price , proceeds earned was far less to fully pay outstanding
amounts to banks , suppliers and employees. They were only paid less amounts ,
thus public banks , suppliers , employees were cheated of
their rightful dues. Afterwards the new buyer got the alienation ,
converted it from industrial use to commercial usage , demolished factory
building built huge residential complex and earned crores of rupees profit.
2. In mysore BEML
quarters lake & Hebbal lake are
encroached. In the beginning itself , I have appealed to authorities
, SCI , CJI to stop the encroachments. District
magistrate at that time threatened me. Even some citizens groups led protest
marches. Nobody was botherd. Today both lakes are encroached , huge
buildings , factories are functioning.
It is the duty of Supreme Court of India to Protect , Guard
the constitutional rights , fundamental rights of every Indian citizen . Since
25 years I am appealing to SCI about issues
concerning public welfare , national security , etc and as a result suffering
injustices , my constitutional rights , human rights are repeatedly
violated but SCI is mum even when repeated appeals were made to it.
Paradoxically , after these appeals for justice , I have suffered more
injustices , attempts on my life were made , physically assaulted ,
livelihood / jobs were denied , news publication closed , press
accreditation denied , received threatening calls , blank calls,
even to date rough elements follow us , rough elements scout
near home at mid night. Does not these indicate some ties between rough
elements & SCI Judges ?
Mr.T.S.Thakur , You personally as CJI is
responsible for protection of our whole family & must ensure protection of
our whole family. Please don’t send police once again to our home ,
they lack practical powers , failed previously to enquire high &
mighty. They are only interested in taking my statement & closing the case.
I have given enough statements to police , IB. Based on those statements
, a supreme court monitored CBI enquiry is appropriate, to prosecute
corrupt public servants.
1. Why not police are given enough powers to summon ,
enquire high & mighty VVIPs ? Why my decade old complaint to DGP is not
acted upon ?
2. Why the enquiry of higher executive in M/s RBI
Curreny Note Press (BRBNMPL) , PES Engineering College , NIE , RPG Cables ,
Mysore District Court is not done ? These people illegally denied me job
opportunities under the behest of criminals , if they are enquired they
will point to the criminal behind.
3. Why the enquiry of concerned judges is not made ,
who are denying information and delaying to act upon our PILs ,
under whose behest ? If enquired these judges will spill the beans about
I ,NAGARAJA.M.R. hereby do declare that information given above are true to the
best of my knowledge & belief. If i am repeatedly called to police station
or else where for the sake of investigations , the losses i do incurr as a
result like loss of wages , transportation , job , etc must be borne by the
government. prevoiusly the police / IB personnel repeatedly called me the
complainant (sufferer of injustices) to police station for questioning , but
never called the guilty culprits even once to police station for questioning ,
as the culprits are high & mighty . this type of one sided questioning must
not be done by police or investigating agencies . if anything untoward happens
to me or to my family members like loss of job , meeting with hit & run
accidents , loss of lives , death due to improper medical care , etc , the
jurisdictional police , revenue officials , District Magistrate & Chief
Justice of India together with above mentioned accused public servants will be
responsible for it. Even if criminal nexus levels fake charges , police file
fake cases against me or my dependents to silence me , this complaint is &
will be effective.
If I or my family members or my dependents are denied our fundamental rights ,
human rights , denied proper medical care for ourselves , If anything untoward
like hit & run cases , murder attempts , unnatural deaths , etc happens to
me or to my dependents or to my family members - In such case
Mr.T.S.Thakur , Chief Justice of India together with the jurisdictional revenue
& police officials will be responsible for it , in such case the government
of india is liable to pay Rs. TWO crore as compensation to survivors of my
family. if my whole family is eliminated by the criminal nexus ,then that
compensation money must be donated to Indian Army Welfare Fund. Afterwards ,
the money must be recovered by GOI as land arrears from the salary , pension ,
property , etc of guilty police officials , guilty Judges , guilty public
servants & guilty Constitutional fuctionaries.
You are delaying taking
action with respect to PILs , appeals made by
us concerning public welfare , national security, loss to public
exchequer , etc. Where as courts have enough time
to hear trivial cases of cricket boards , etc.
When you cann’t work without fear or favour
of criminals inside & outside government , you are unfit
for the post . Your continuation in office only
serves your self interest not the country. Hereby , we
request you to RESIGN from the position of chief justice of india
and to pave the way for may be to a person who can work ,
uphold law. But you can still continue in office as a
burden on public exchequer , society as
some of the previous CJIs did.
We are witnessing unfit people being
selected as judges by collegiums , public service commissions. Till
rot in judiciary is cleared , judges lack moral ,
legal right to prosecute , punish others. Only when we
have honest persons in judiciary , police service then
alone we can clean criminals in judiciary , police service ,
government. Then alone we will get RAM RAJYA , a just
society envisioned by our constitution framers.
Against common people , you judges make
harsh comments , strict enforcement of law , police
cruelly treat commoners , use 3rd degree
torture on commoners. Whereas against rich
crooks , mafia you judges & police fail ,
lack spine to uphold law. You are zeroes
before rich crooks , valor of judges , police
is only before commoners. Still if you have
little sense of duty take action on
following PILs , previous appeals for justice by us ,
reply to our show cause notices , issue
writ of mandamus to concerned public servants to
give full truthful information to our
following & previous RTI applications.
You have failed in your constitutional duties as Chief Justice of
India. It will be better if you resign from judicial services immediately, it
will be good for the society the nation as a whole. or else you can
continue in service as a burden on the public exchequer , the society as
some of previous CJIs did.
Still now also you can change your work
style and sincerely do your duties upholding rule of law IMPARTIALLY.
Please read the details at following web pages :
Rot in judiciary is decades old. Honourable CJI sir , weeping
is not right constitution of india has given you the authority , TAKE
ACTION DO YOUR DUTY. People , History will remember you forever with
respect. Anyway you are getting very good 5 star pay & perks , will also
get decent pension after retirement from government. First forget about
post retirement postings , discretionary allotment of sites , etc from
government then you can work fearlessly. Both central & state governments
are biggest litigants in the country , IAS babus make wrong application ,
interpretation of laws leading to litigations. Start by clearing the
rotten eggs within the judiciary. When judiciary & police in a
country strictly uphold law , work impartially that country surpasses
Do remember on the D Day , in the Court of
Almighty everybody CJI , Judges , prime ministers , common man
alike has to bow his head. In who’s court there is no match fixing
, no technicalities , no vociferous hi fi advocates , no bias based on caste ,
religion , region , community , etc , only straight simple account of
wrongs & rights. Guess his judgement in your case. GOD BLESS
Date : 07.07.2016………………..Your’s sincerely ,
Place : Mysuru………………………..Nagaraja.M.R.
Karnataka DySP hangs
self after being suspended for kidnapping, extortion
Kalappa Handibag, deputy superintendent of police (DySP)
of Chikkamagaluru Rural in Karnataka, committed suicide on Tuesday by
hanging after he was suspended from duty for his alleged connection in the case
of abduction and extortion of a financier.
Relatives of his wife, Vidya, claimed that Kallappa committed
suicide around 8.30 a.m. when his wife was in the bathroom. He was subsequently
rushed to the Muragod Primary Health Centre and then referred to KLE Hospital
in Belagavi. However, doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead, as
reported by the Hindu.
Handibag's suspension was issued after a departmental inquiry
was ordered against him, following a complaint by 37-year-old resident of
Kempanahalli, Thejas, who alleged that Kalappa was one of the six men who
abducted him and tortured and extorted money from him.
As disclosed by Thejas in the FIR, he was picked up by a gang of
six men around 2 a.m. on June 28 when he was parking the car near his house. He
was shoved into a Scorpio (KA 20 N 3657) and taken to an old warehouse in
Bengaluru, where he was thrashed by the gangsters who also demanded a ransom of
Rs. 25 lakh.
The gangsters told Thejas that he was being punished for duping
people through his chit fund business and cricket betting. Thejas negotiated
the ransom down to Rs. 10 lakh and called his friend identified as Shivu or
Pavan to follow the kidnapper's instructions and deliver the money.
Thejas's friend was then given a mobile number (9480805120) and
a voice from the other line asked him to deliver the cash to the police
quarters behind Mathias Tower on IG Road. Thejas was eventually freed.
DySP Handibag's role came to light after Thejas and his friend
used the car's registration number and the mobile number to investigate the
kidnapping. Thejas's friend also recorded the mobile conversation with
Handibag, according to a report by the Times of India.
Covert op on Dawood compromised by some
Mumbai cops: RK Singh
Noting that Dawood
and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed were protected by Pakistani forces, Singh
said a secret operation must be carried out in the manner the United States did
to kill terrorists Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar.
India had planned a covert operation
to take down underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, but the operation was compromised
by some Mumbai Police officials. These are the explosive revelations made by
former Home Secretary and now BJP leader RK Singh in an interview to Seedhi
Baat on Aaj Tak.
RK Singh revealed details of how
corrupt elements of the Mumbai Police foiled a secret operation to take down
Dawood. The operation was launched when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime
minister and current NSA Ajit Doval was at the IB. Indian government had roped
in some elements from the Chota Rajan gang and they were being trained at a
secret location outside Maharashtra. But Mumbai Police officials who were in
touch with D-company landed up at the training camp with arrest warrants for
the covert operatives who had been engaged by India. The entire operation to
take down Dawood failed due to these rogue elements in Mumbai police. This is
the first time that there is confirmation of a botched covert operation to take
down Dawood by someone who has held a position of authority.
Noting that Dawood and
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed were protected by Pakistani forces,
Singh said a secret operation must be carried out in the manner the United
States did to kill terrorists Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. He added that
Pakistan will never admit that Dawood is in Pakistan. Similarly, it will
shamelessly deny the presence of other terrorists despite funding and training
these terror groups on its soil. "India must repeat the Myanmar operation
in Pakistan," he maintained. He added if one operation fails, the
government shouldn't be disheartened but launch another operation right away.
Singh said Modi's advisors are not
giving him the right advice on this issue. "Nothing will be achieved by
handing over dossiers to Pakistan. It is globally recognised as a snake pit. We
can't depend on the US to fight India's battles. India has to fight its own
enemies," Singh added.
Singh also said the neighbouring
country needs to be wise and avert a possible war by not shielding a terrorist.
"Pakistan has to calculate the cost of a war. I don't think Pakistan is
such a big fool that it would engage in a war with India," he said.
"If America sees any threat from Pakistan, it will act. Similarly, Israel
can kill its enemies. We need to develop this mentality," he added. The
retired bureaucrat revealed that specially-trained private security men
comprising mostly ex-army men protect Dawood in Pakistan under the supervision
of the ISI. Singh exuded confidence that Modi's visit to the UAE would yield
desirable results. He did acknowledge though that Dawood still has significant
influence in Dubai.
Coming down heavily on Pakistan,
Singh said India must stop dialogue with its neighbor and instead deal with the
situation in a strategic manner. "India must hit back in a way that hurts
Pakistan the most," he said while suggesting that the dialogue process
only helps Pakistan restore credibility which it has lost all over the world.
"Pakistan believes in a constant war with India. We have the capability to
hit back hard. Any dialogue with Pakistan is futile. For a discredited country
like Pakistan, dialogue process is an opportunity to regain its credibility and
strike parity with India," Singh said. He said the elected government in
the neighbouring country had no control over its military force and the ISI.
Singh lauded the central government's
firm stand on separatists in Kashmir. He said the Pakistani government was
using separatists to claim in international platform that it has the support of
a section of people in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government has done the
right thing by not talking to separatists, he said.
Lottery Scam: Retired IPS officer who
introduced Alok Kumar to Pari Rajan was major beneficiary
An IPS officer who retired in 2010 is said to be the major beneficiary of the
single-digit lottery racket that was unearthed recently. If sources are to be
believed then it is this retired officer who had held several positions in the
Bengaluru City Police Commissionerate, who introduced the kingpin of the
lottery racket, Pari Rajan, to fellow IPS officer Alok Kumar.
The investigation carried out by the
CID has indicated that the retired IPS officer was one of the biggest
beneficiaries in the scam and his name figured in the list of 12 serving/
retired IPS officers whom the CID intended to summon for interrogation, the
Alok Kumar, too, is said have disclosed the name of the officer, when he was
grilled by the CID on Sunday.
There are also reports that Rajan, a
native of KGF was into hawala transactions and this was a major reason why many
officers had links with him.
The suspicion is that Rajan used his
contacts with the police top brass to ensure a safe hawala transaction. Hawala
operators considered Bengaluru as a safe transit point and it had a well-oiled
With the CBI probe being ordered, there
are possibilities of various aspects relating to lottery scam and hawala
business to come out.
The Excise and Lottery Enforcement Cell
was set up immediately after the ban on the lottery business in 2007.
For the first two years, the cell had
no station or power to arrest. One of the senior officers, who was in the
Enforcement Cell between 2007 and 2010, said that until 2011 there wasn’t much
illegal lottery business reported from across the State.
“Matka and single-number lottery were
very much in existence, but they used to be handled by the respective district
police. As far as lottery was concerned, there was no case registered at least
till 2009-10,” an official said.
Two More Senior Cops Involved In Racket, Says Kumaraswamy
with Pari Rajan. The police have
recently arrested Rajan in connection with the scam. Arun Chakravarthy, who was
IGP, Lottery Squad, prior to Agrawal, had also taken bribe, he charged.
According to Kumaraswamy, 30 to 40 senior police officers, including many IPS
officers, are involved in the scam. Despite a TV channel conducting a sting
operation in March this year, the government took no action for two months.
During this period, the ruling party MLC took Pari Rajan and Matrin to the son
of the influential person to strike a deal. When Martin and Rajan refused to
pay Rs 100 crore, the scam gradually came out in the open, he said. Paying
hafta The JD(S) leader said suspended police officer Dharanesh (who was then
Superintendent of Police, Lottery Squad, southern range) and Pari Rajan had
been paying hafta (bribe) to a minister in the Siddaramaiah ministry. Dharanesh
was recently suspended in connection with the lottery scam. The officer wanted
to continue in the post. The then Superintendent of Police, Lottery Squad,
northern range, Chandrakanth was trying to get the post held by Dharanesh, he
said. "The chief minister and Home Minister K J George should now disclose
the name of the minister who was collecting the hafta. He should tell why Pari
Rajan was not arrested all these days." Simmering differences He said the
scam emerged due to the simmering differences among the police officers in
sharing the bribe money paid by the mafia. Two cases filed initially in KGF in
connection with the illegal lottery sale were fake and they were only meant to
cover up the scam, he added. Later speaking to the media after the chief
minister's decision to refer the scam to the CBI, Kumaraswamy said the
government should get ready to face more embarrassment. However, he welcomed
the decision to refer the racket to the CBI. Scam chronicle, according to HDK A
constable in Kolar, Manjunath, was regularly taking bribe from Pari Rajan
during June or July 2014. Rajan stopped giving him money after he developed
contacts among higher-ups. Manjunath informs about illegal activities of Rajan
to Singh, a head constable with anti-lottery squad. Singh, brings the matter to
the notice of Ramappa Guttedar, the inspector of the squad. When questioned,
Rajan he offers big money as bribe. Then he takes these policemen to Chennai
where they meet one Martin, one of the key operators. Martin gives Rs 40 lakh
as bribe and the three policemen sincerely inform about it to lottery squad SP
Dharanesh and IGP Arun Chakravarthy. All the policemen share the money:
Manjunath and Singh get Rs two lakh each, Ramappa gets Rs five lakh and the
rest was shared by Dharanesh and Chakravarthy. Upset with the small share they
got, Manjunath and Singh inform about the illegality to northern range SP
Chandrakanth. Chandrakanth tries to get the post held by Dharanesh but fails.
He then helps a TV news channel to conduct a sting operation. Six cases
referred to CBI by Siddaramaiah government Misappropriation of over Rs nine
crore by the officials of Ramanagaram-Channapatna Urban Development Authority
with the support of bank officials in 2013. Misuse of over Rs five crore by the
officials of Mandya Urban Development n Authority with the help of banks in
2013. Officers of many nationalised banks were said to be involved in the
irregularity. Rape and murder of Sowjanya, a 17-year-old pre-university course
student of SDM College, Ujire in
Dakshina Kannada, on October 9, 2012. The theft of 12 historic idols from
Siddhanta Darshan Block of a Jain Basadi at Moodbidri in September 2013. Death
of IAS officer D K Ravi in April, 2015. Single-digit lottery scam. H D
Kumaraswamy, JD(S) leader: The chief minister and Home Minister K J George
should now disclose the name of the minister who was collecting the hafta. He
should tell why Pari Rajan was not arrested all these days.
DGP son has links with Lokayukta scam
State police chief Omprakash’s son,
Karthikesh Omprakash, has business relations with the kin of N Narasimha
Murthy, a clerk at the State police headquarters, who has been arrested by the
SIT probing the Lokayukta corruption scam.
Documents available with the Deccan Herald show that Murthy's brother-in-law
Ashwath and Karthikesh are partners in a quarrying and crusher unit in
Ramanagara. Incidentally, a complaint by the villagers of Hanchikuppe in
Ramanagara district against this quarrying firm for violation of rules is still
pending before the Upalokayukta.
The application for quarrying and stone crushing unit was filed in the name of
Karthikesh in 2009. The Mining Licence (Number 1354 and 1353) was issued in
favour of the firm Magadi Quarry and Crusher, owned by Karthikesh and Ashwath.
Around five acres of gomala land at Hanchikuppe was allotted to the firm.
When villagers objected to the quarrying unit within the prescribed safe zone,
a proceeding by the Ramanagara Deputy Commissioner held on March 1, 2013
relaxed certain conditions. The area was declared as safe zone. The same day,
based on the recommendation of the DC, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
accorded certification for the safe zone. The decision was so fast that both
the offices passed orders in favour of a quarry owner in just one day, the
documents reveal. Despite this, the Tahshildar had submitted a report that the
unit fell within 500 metres of residential area, which is not permissable under
Karnataka Regulation of Stone Crushers Act, 2011.
The Hanchikuppe villagers had also filed a PIL in the High Court. The court
dismissed the petition on the grounds that since the villagers are the
concerned parties a PIL cannot be entertained. The villagers also filed a
complaint before the Upalokayukta (Compt/Uplok/BD/459/2011) and the next date of
hearing is September 23, 2015.
On the day Omprakash took charge as DG&IGP, Loksatta Party had complained
to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that he had prima facie misused his position to
get clearances for the unit owned by his son.
When contacted, Omprakash said that it was a personal business issue of his
son. Asked if he is aware of his son's business partnership with the
brother-in-law of a clerk in his office, the DG&IGP answered in the
“You have to ask this question to my son. He may have a business relationship
with a private person. Moreover, if it is illegal, let the law take its own
course,'' he said.
Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao’s son
held in ‘extortion’ racket
The arrest of Ashwin Rao was made in
Hyderabad, as the SIT, formed to probe the alleged racket that has also led to
clamour for the resignation of Bhaskar Rao, intensified the investigation
A special investigation team (SIT) of
Karnataka police, which is probing an extortion racket in the state Lokayukta,
Monday arrested Ashwin Rao, son of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao and the
prime accused in the case.
Ashwin was arrested from Kukatpally
“On Monday morning, we picked up
Ashwin from his residence,”a senior SIT official said. An advocate for Ashwin,
who moved an anticipatory bail plea in a special Lokayukta court after his
client was detained, was informed in court by the SIT investigating officer
Labhu Ram about the arrest.
Ashwin is prime accused in an
extortion case filed by a government executive engineer, M N Krishnamurthy, who
has alleged that Ashwin demanded a Rs 1 crore bribe from him to prevent
initiation of corruption proceedings against him.
The SIT, however, informed the
special court Monday that Ashwin had not been arrested in connection with
Krishnamurthy’s complaint, but in a fresh extortion complaint against him by P
B Channabasappa, a government executive engineer involved with the Upper Tunga
irrigation project in Haveri district.
“It is not clear how the arrest could
have happened in the second FIR because the SIT was in Hyderabad early on
Monday and the second FIR was filed around 10.30 am. The anticipatory bail plea
in the Krishnamurthy case is still valid if the arrest is in the second case.
The SIT has been asked to file objections to the anticipatory bail plea,”
Ashwin’s advocate Sandeep Patil said.
SIT sources indicated that Ashwin
would be placed under arrest in the Krishnamurthy case as well after he is
brought to Bengaluru Tuesday.
The SIT has so far arrested five
people in connection with the case.
The alleged racket had multiple
layers, with one group filing RTIs to identify allegedly corrupt persons as
targets, a second group calling up officials and summoning them to the
Lokayukta offices, and a third group allegedly demanding money to prevent
initiation of cases against them.
On Sunday, the SIT had arrested the
public relations officer in the Lokayukta, Syed Riyazatullah, a police officer
of the rank of joint commissioner, on charges of extortion and cheating.
Riyazatullah was produced in court
Monday and remanded in SIT custody till August 5. The court overruled his bail
plea, saying there was need for effective investigation in the case.
Karnataka extortion case: Lokayukta’s son
part of larger conspiracy, says SIT
Ashwin Rao alias Yerabati Ashwin has
been arrested by a SIT in connection with an attempt to extort money from a
government official in the Lokayukta.
The SIT in its objections has stated
that Ashwin Rao “misused the premises and office of the Lokayukta and meeting
hall adjacent to the chambers of PRO of Lokayukta” as part of the alleged
The Special Investigation Team (SIT)
which arrested Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao’s son Ashwin Rao in an
extortion case stated on Monday that he is a prominent member of a larger
Ashwin Rao alias Yerabati Ashwin has
been arrested by a SIT in connection with an attempt to extort money from a
government official in the Lokayukta. The SIT objected to an anticipatory bail
plea filed by Ashwin Rao to pre-empt his arrest in a second extortion case.
The SIT in its objections has stated
that Ashwin Rao “misused the premises and office of the Lokayukta and meeting
hall adjacent to the chambers of PRO of Lokayukta” as part of the alleged
extortion conspiracy. The call detail records obtained during investigations
“clearly establishes” that Rao was in constant touch with three other key
accused in the extortion racket – middlemen V Bhaskar and Ashok Kumar and
Lokayukta PRO Syed Riyazathullah, the SIT has stated.
According to the SIT, though Ashwin
Rao has been arrested only in connection with an extortion attempt on one
government official, his arrest in a second case is likely at any time.
“Considering the fact that petitioner is the son of the Hon’ble Lokayukta and
he is in a position to wield influence on the prosecution witnesses he in not
entitled to anticipatory bail,” the SIT has argued. The SIT has also claimed to
have unearthed incriminating material against Ashwin Rao in the course of a
search of his house in Hyderabad.
While a case was initially registered
against Ashwin Rao and others for summoning Bengaluru Urban district executive
engineer M N Krishnamurthy to the Lokayukta office on May 4, 2015 to place a
demand for a bribe of Rs one crore to prevent initiation of Lokayukta
corruption proceedings the son of the Lokayukta was eventually arrested by the
SIT in connection with another case registered on the basis of a complaint by
an irrigation department engineer PB Channabasappa who alleged that Ashwin Rao
and others demanded Rs 20 lakh to make a Lokayukta corruption case go away.
The SIT has in other statements of
objection to bail applications said that cell tower analysis had revealed that
three of the middlemen, including realtor Ashok Kumar who allegedly made the
telephone call summoning executive engineer Krishnamurthy to the Lokayukta office
were together on May 4 when the government official was called to the
Lokayukta’s office. The trio of middlemen were also frequently in touch with
the Lokayukta PRO and Justice Bhaskar Rao’s son Ashwin Rao, the SIT has stated.
The SIT also informed the special
Lokayukta court that middlemen Ashok Kumar and Shankare Gowda, and Lokakyukta
PRO Riyazathullah had destroyed crucial evidence including some SIM cards and
mobile handsets used in the conspiracy.
Gali Reddy cash-for-bail scam nets two
more Andhra judges
More skeletons are tumbling out of the
closet in the cash-forbail scam involving former Karnataka minister Gali
On Thursday, the anti-corruption bureau
(ACB) arrested two more judges who allegedly made parallel attempts to secure
bail for the mining baron in the Obulapuram Mining Company's illegal mining
The two judges - D. Prabhakar Rao, a
family court judge in Srikakulam and K. Lakshminarasimha Rao, the chief judge
of the city small causes court, were taken into custody by the agency from
their respective residences in Hyderabad.
While Prabhakar Rao was suspended by
the Andhra Pradesh High Court on July 6, Lakshminarasimha Rao was suspended
late on Wednesday, after the ACB probe unearthed his role in the scam.
The ACB authorities are questioning
him. The ACB had already arrested suspended CBI special court judge Talluri
Pattabhirama Rao, who had allegedly received a bribe for granting bail to the
former Karnataka minister on May 11.
Retired judge T.V. Chalapathi Rao, who
mediated in the cash-for-bail deal, has also been arrested. Pattabhi's son
Ravichandra, rowdy sheeter-turned-realtor P. Yadagiri Rao and realtor Ravi
Suryaprakash Babu were arrested and remanded in judicial custody.
According to the ACB sources, the
former Karnataka minister and mining baron had approached Pattabhi through two
different routes: one involving Chalapathi Rao and Yadagiri; and the other
through Lakshminarasimha Rao and Prabhakar Rao.
While Yadagiri offered Rs5 crore to
Pattabhi, Prabhakar offered to strike the deal for Rs10 crore. However,
Pattabhi preferred Yadagiri's offer because it was a safer deal as Chalapathi
happened to be his friend.
Janardhan Reddy was arrested on
September 5, 2011, by the CBI. He is accused of being involved in the illegal
mining and export of iron ore in Bellary and Anantapur.
Rs 100cr offered for Gali Janardhan
Reddy’s bail: Arrested judge
More skeletons are tumbling out in
the murky cash-for-bail scam involving mining baron and former Karnataka
minister Gali Janardhan Reddy as a lower court judge, arrested in the case,
disclosed to the ACB that Gali's men were ready to offer as much as a staggering
Rs 100 crore to secure bail for him. Earlier, the deal amount was put at Rs 15
T Lakshminarasimha Rao, the arrested judge, disclosed that Dasaradharami Reddy,
a relative of Gali, had made the Rs 100 crore offer, according to the
confession statement recorded by the ACB. Krishna Prasad, an auditor, who is
known to him and another relative M Venkateswara Rao approached
Lakshminarasimha Rao in the second week of April with a request to look for a
`channel' to influence the CBI judge for Gali's release on bail. "They
were in touch with Dasaradharami Reddy who was willing to pay even Rs 100 crore
for securing the bail," the confession statement of Rao said. Though the
deal initially came as a shock to the arrested judge, who at the time was registrar
(enquiries), high court, he was later attracted towards the deal, it said.
Lakshminarasimha Rao called the CBI court judge B Nagamaruti Sarma to his
residence on April 18 and tried to convince him on granting of bail to Gali.
Sarma did not agree for the deal and went away rejecting the offer. He had, in
fact, dismissed the bail plea. Then another person Raavi Surya Prakash Babu, a
real estate dealer, who was taken to Bellary MLA Sriramulu by his associate
Kolli Lakshmaiah Chowdary for striking the deal, approached Rao again. Surya
Prakash had already met Sriramulu's nephew and Kampli MLA T H Suresh Babu who,
too, was trying to secure bail for Gali and advised him to wait as Nagamaruti
Sarma was not of 'their type'. But he requested Lakshminarasimha Rao to keep
the `channel' open as the deal was "too lucrative to be ignored".
Later, in a strange sequence of events, Nagamaruti Sarma was shifted out of CBI
court and a fresh bail plea was filed which came before another special judge T
Pattabhirama Rao. Lakshminarasimha Rao roped in Pattabhi's batchmate D
Prabhakar Rao, another district judge, who was with the state election
commission as its secretary (legal). He also tried to push the deal but failed
as Pattabhi told him that he would decide the matter on only `merit'. It turned
out later that Pattabhi chose a 'route' planned by his friend Chalapati though
the deal was only for Rs 5 crore. This was mainly because his friend did not
put any precondition that he should meet Gali Somasekhara Reddy, brother of
Gali Janardhana Reddy, before giving bail as was done by Prabhakar Rao, who was
also arrested in the case. Prabhakar in his confession spoke of only Rs 15 core
implying that he too was unaware of the whopping Rs 100-crore deal. While the
ACB arrested Lakshminarasimha Rao on July 12, Pattabhi was arrested last month.
Interestingly, the ACB sleuths seized some cheques bearing the names of
Lakshminarasimha Rao's family members with some complaint letters written by
advocates against some AP high court judges. The letters were addressed to the
President of India.
Cash-for-bail scam: CBI Judge Pattabhi
Rama Rao arrested
In a case of corruption seeping into
the lawmakers psyche, the Andhra Pradesh anti-Corruption bureau arrested
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Justice Pattabhi Rama Rao in the
cash-for-bail scam. He was suspended after the allegations surfaced that he
accepted a bribe of Rs 6 crore to grant bail to mining baron Janardhana Reddy
in the illegal mining case. Raids were earlier carried out in Rao's residence
and the arrest is the third in the case. Rao was hearing the case related to
the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) scam. Retired district judge T V Chalapathi
Rao and Pattabhirama Rao's son Ravichandra was also questioned by ACB sleuths.
Pattabhirama and Chalapathi were classmates at A C College of Law in Guntur and
the latter allegedly brokered the multi-crore bribe. On a tip off that a deal
has been struck between Reddy and the judge, the CBI had earlier recovered a
cash of nearly Rs 1.80 crore from a bank locker here, the keys of which were
allegedly in Ravichandra's possession.
300 Delhi lower-court judges under probe
in laptop scam
Nearly 300 Delhi lower-court judges
are under the scanner of the high court for alleged financial irregularities in
purchase of computers and laptops from funds provided by the Delhi government
and Delhi high court in 2013.
A high-level panel comprising three HC judges has been set up by chief justice
of Delhi high court Justice G Rohini to look into how the money was spent by
each of these judges. The panel will scrutinize documents submitted by the
judges on purchase of these items.
Under the scheme, each judge was sanctioned Rs 1.1 lakh for upgrading their
computer infrastructure. The idea was to give the judges the freedom to opt for
computers, laptops or iPads so that their efficiency in disposal of cases improves.
Sources told TOI that the probe panel
has issued memos to judicial officers under the scanner, asking for detailed
explanation on the manner in which they spent the money.
"All judges were initially under probe but the panel has now zeroed in on
roughly 300 officers against whom preliminary discrepancies have been found.
The focus is on correctness of the utilization certificate given by them to HC
relating to the purchases," said an authoritative source.
"It has emerged some may have
bought TVs or home theatre systems out of the sanctioned sum instead of
computers," the source added.
The irregularities came to light during a routine vigilance inquiry conducted
by court officials. When the evidence was shown to the chief justice and other
senior judges including the computer committee, it set alarm bells ringing.
Taking a serious view of alleged financial misdemeanours by city court judges,
Justice G Rohini set up a panel comprising justices Vipin Sanghi, Rajiv
Shakdher and VK Rao to conduct a swift but wide ranging inquiry.
In response to the memos issued by the panel, sources said, many judges have
sent detailed replies with annexures explaining what was purchased and even
showing debit/credit details from their official bank accounts that tally with
the date of purchase. Details of vendors have also been provided which is being
"Since there was no
specification of how much money is to be used for maintenance of the new
equipment, the panel is likely to give a leeway of Rs 10,000-15,000 that may
have been kept reserved for annual maintenance charges by a judge. But beyond
that, the charges if proved, may lead to the guilty judge's dismissal from
service because financial fraud or providing forged certificates is a very serious
crime," the source pointed out.
The Delhi government had extended a similar scheme for its bureaucracy. City
bureaucrats were empowered to buy computers and related equipment out of the
`Copy cat' judges suspended by HC
Five judges belonging to the state's
subordinate judiciary were suspended by the AP High Court on Wednesday for
allegedly copying while writing their LLM examinations at the Arts College of
Kakatiya University in Warangal on Tuesday.
The judges were doing this course under distance mode from Kakatiya University
as the degree would help them gain some increments in their careers.
Those placed under suspension include K Ajitsimha Rao, senior civil judge,
Ranga Reddy district, M Kistappa, principal senior civil judge, Anantapur, P
Vijayendar Reddy, second additional district judge, Ranga Reddy district, M
Srinivasachary, senior civil judge in Bapatla of Guntur district and Hanumantha
Rao, the additional junior civil judge in Warangal.
They were allegedly caught red-handed in the act of copying on Tuesday by the
authorities and upon receipt of this information, the HC suspended them from
service pending an inquiry. The HC would soon launch disciplinary proceedings
against all these judicial officers, sources said.
DSP among six held on charge of hunting
Forest Department authorities on
Friday arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police (CID), Mysore, T.K. Dharmesh
and five others for allegedly hunting down a spotted deer in the Omkara forest
range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR).
The carcass of the male deer with a
bullet injury was found in Naganapura third block in the forest range,
according to Forest Department sources.
They said the Forest staff saw the
accused in the forest range during routine patrolling early on Friday and took
them into their custody. They later combed the area and found the deer carcass.
Senior Forest officers rushed to the spot on getting the information and
“The deer carcass had entry and exit
bullet wound. The post-mortem was performed and the viscera samples have been
preserved,” the sources said. A case under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,
has been booked against the accused.
The names of other accused were given
as Manjaiah, Raghu, Hanif, Atiq and Farid.
“A .303 service rifle and a
multi-utility vehicle used for committing the alleged offence have been seized
from the accused,” the sources said. Repeated attempts to contact the Forest
officers investigating the case went in a vain.
When contacted, D. Rajkumar, Honorary
Wildlife Warden, Mysore district confirmed that six persons, including Mr.
Dharmesh, were arrested on charges of alleged killing of deer. “The deer was
found hunted with a service rifle,” he said.
Raid on bus: Six
police officers charged with dacoity
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has chargesheeted six
police officials and some other private persons in the infamous inter-State
dacoity case of Rs 2.27 crore from a Kerala-bound bus in Yelwala police station
limits in Mysore in January this year. The chargesheet was submitted in the
jurisdictional court in Mysore after the Department obtained government
permission to prosecute the accused police officials – the then sub inspector
C.D. Jagadish, four constables – Satish, Manohar, Ravi and Latif of Mysore
South police station and Prakash and the gunman of the then Southern range
Inspector General of Police Ramchandra Rao under Sections 395 (dacoity) and
120A (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
Rao, who was transferred after he came under scanner for his
alleged involvement in the crime, does not figure in the chargesheet. “There is
no legal admissible evidence against the then IGP or the then deputy
superintendent of Police (Mysore rural) Srihari Baragur. The investigation is
however on and it will be early to come to any conclusion,” said an official
source. He added that it is a complex case because there are no independent
A Kerala-bound bus carrying about Rs 2.27 crore of four jewelers
was ‘raided’ by the police in Yelawala police station limits in Mysore on
January 4, who seized six bags of cash from inside the bus and arrested the
driver and the cleaner of the bus for “illegal” transportation of cash.
The police showed a recovery of Rs. 20 lakh, but the Kerala
jewelers told their Home Minister that the amount was around Rs. 2.27 crore.
“There is no clinching evidence on the exact amount, which was reportedly being
transported in the bus. We can only surmise from the statements of the victims and
the accused,” added the officer.
Rs 2.26-crore theft by cop: IGP, DySP
CID focuses on duo after gunman,
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka Police is thoroughly
probing the alleged roles of K Ramachandra Rao, Inspector General of Police
(southern range) and Srihari Baragur, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mysore
rural), in the sensational Rs 2.26-crore robbery that took place on a
Kerala-bound bus at Yelawala, Mysore, on January 4 this year. The needle of
suspicion pointed strongly towards the duo following a confession by Rao's
gunman, Prakash, who was arrested by the CID on Tuesday along with three
Statements made by the arrested gunman and the informants in their confessions
indicate that the plundered loot was shared between the IGP and DySP. According
to highly placed sources, Prakash and one of the three informants, gave
minute-by-minute accounts to the CID sleuths about the robbery that occurred
two months ago.
"We have recorded their confession statements. Before laying our hands on
the IGP and DySP, we need to collect further corroborative evidence. At this
juncture, we can neither rule out their involvement nor give them a clean
chit," a top-ranking CID official, who is part of the investigating team,
told Bangalore Mirror.
However, when BM spoke to IGP K Ramachandra Rao, he denied all the allegations.
"I am not aware of what Prakash has said in his statements to the police.
He is in the CID's custody, and they are conducting a detailed probe. Let them
come out with the truth," he said.
The meticulously executed robbery unfolded on the night of January 4, as a
group of policemen led by Mysore South SI, C D Jagadish, stopped a bus that was
en route to Kerala from Bangalore, near Yelawala on the Mysore-Hunsur state
highway. They later diverted the bus to a road near Yelawala police station and
took out six bags containing hard cash from its luggage compartment. The driver
and cleaners of the bus were taken into custody and a case slapped against them
for ferrying large amounts of cash illegally. But the cops showed a recovery
amount of a mere Rs 20 lakh, whereas the actual amount was Rs 2.26 crore.
The cash belonged to four Kerala-based jewellers who had reportedly selected
the bus to transport it from Bangalore to Kerala. It is alleged that they had
taken the owner and the driver of the bus into confidence in order to ferry the
The jewellers, to whom the cash belonged, got the shock of their lives when
they found out that the Yelawala police had stopped the bus and booked a case
against the driver and cleaners, showing a paltry sum of Rs 20 lakh as
Upon making enquiries, they learnt that the remaining Rs 2.06 crore had been
pocketed by the policemen themselves. The agitated jewellers proceeded to get
in touch with Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, who personally knows
Karnataka Home Minister K J George. Chennithala brought the matter to the
notice of George, who was reportedly infuriated with what had happened. He
immediately informed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah — who hails from Mysore — of
ENRAGED CM SUMMONS DGP
An enraged Siddaramaiah and George are then said to have summoned State Police
Chief Lalrokhuma Pachau and asked him to get the matter examined. Pachau got in
touch with IGP Rao, and subsequently, a case was taken up. But the top brass
smelled a rat during the investigation, and a CID investigation was
The CID sleuths conducted a methodical investigation for a month before laying
their hands on the IGP's gunman, Prakash, and his gang of informants.
Investigation by the CID also revealed that Prakash resorted to these kinds of
crimes involving Kerala jewellers regularly over the past two years. He had
allegedly taken the help of DySP Srihari Baragur, and other policemen, to
conduct false raids and clean out cash. In the past, the gang had looted small
amounts running into a few lakh. But since the amount involved now was a staggering
Rs 2.26 crore, the jewellers mustered the courage to lodge a complaint.
"The crime does not stop with the gunman. It appears that they got support
from higher-ups. It is here we are examining the involvement (if any) of
Prakash's boss Rao, DySP Baragur, and other seniors," the officer added.
After the matter reached the CM's table, the culprits tried to reach a
compromise with the jewellers by offering to return the money. This, however,
failed to go through because some of the policemen had taken large amounts of
cash with them, and had subsequently gone absconding, said the CID police. The
absconding policemen, four in number, are not be confused with the three
Additional Director General of Police (CID) P K Garg said, "The IGP's
gunman, Prakash, was arrested two days ago. So far, we have arrested four
persons whom we are questioning and whose statements we are recording. The
money is yet to be recovered. We believe that the cash is with the absconding
policemen, and we have laid a manhunt for the four policemen, whose names and
ranks I cannot reveal."
According to sources, Prakash and his gang shared the booty among themselves,
the informants, and senior police officers. The informants said they got around
Rs 20 lakh as their cut, but claimed the rest is with policemen of different
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habits die hard: Even as the average Bengalurean stands in long queues to
withdraw his hard-earned money, corrupt policemen and babus are busy converting
or hiding their black money
Cop, 2 KRV men held for black ops; may have converted up to Rs 2 crore
It’s a classic case
of the fence eating the crop: a policeman, instead of being on the vigil
himself, was arrested for working in cohorts with a group that helps those with
black money exchange it for new notes.
The 43-year-old police constable, B Shesha,
attached with the Central Crime Branch (CCB), was arrested for facilitating
illegal cash conversion, along with four accomplices, two of whom were members
of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedhike (KRV), Shivarame Gowda faction.
All of them were booked for assaulting and
robbing a businessman after promising to help him exchange in old currencies
with the new.
Shesha was suspected to be a major operative in
the illegal cash conversion racket, mainly targeting businessmen and trader
community in the city. It is believed that he had had helped exchange currency
worth at least Rs 2 crore for a fixed commission, since November 8 when old notes
of 500 and 1,000 denominations were rendered obsolete. At least four more
suspects are yet to be arrested.
The Magadi Road police, who arrested the
constable, said he was attached to the Organised Crime Wing (OCW) of the CCB.
Also arrested were G Byresha, 37, of KP Agrahara, P Vijay, 27, of Gopalapura, K
Mannivannan, 36, of Bhuvaneshwari Nagar and Pavan. Byresha and Vijay are the
The police are yet to arrest four other accused.
The issue was reported after a fall out between the racketeers and their
clients over commission, leading to the abduction and assault of Jaishankar
(42), a resident of KG Nagar, who owns Shreyas Electrical shop in Vijayanagar.
He was in contact with the accused and was
assured that he would be given Rs25 lakh in new notes in exchange of Rs30 lakh
of demonetised tenders. They offered him Rs5 lakh as commission for the deal.
Jaishankar pooled in much as Rs25.2 lakh from his trader friends in the
locality, but decided to take his cut of Rs5 lakh and told the accused that he
will handover only Rs21.5 lakh. This led to an argument when Jaishanker along
with his friend, Girish, came near Star Bazaar in Magadi Police station limits
to hand over the collected amount on Saturday.
“There was some misunderstanding between both
parties over the missing Rs5 lakh and the gang forcibly took Jaishankar and his
friend near Madanayakanahalli and robbed them of the cash and were released
with life threat. The businessman had filed a complaint with the Magadai Road
police on Tuesday and identified the accused as they were known to them,” said
an officer who was a part of the investigations.
The police managed to arrest the four accused,
including KRV members Mannivannan and Pavan immediately. They revealed Shesha’s
name during interrogation. They also claimed that they thought Jaishankar will
not dare to lodge a complaint since the amount collected was unaccounted for.
Later, Shesha was picked up and his mobile phone was seized.
“Shesha is a 1996 batch police constable and has
served at Chitradurga, Chickpet and Kengeri police stations before coming to
CCB. He has been taken into police custody and we are trying to ascertain if he
was involved in similar incidents,” deputy commissioner of police (West) MN
Anucheth told BM.
The city police
have detained a retired deputy superintendent of police (DySP) for allegedly
posing as a fake Central Crime Branch (CCB) official and forcefully decamping
with Rs83 lakh of unaccounted cash collected from 20 individuals, including
realtors and businessmen, to be exchanged into legal tender at a residence in
JP Nagar last Thursday.
The former police officer’s involvement with the
currency exchange gang is also being probed and he is expected to be formally
placed under arrest late on Wednesday night.
The former officer, identified as Babu Noronha,
retired from police service as DySP CID early this year. He was also one of the
main accused in a fake encounter of interstate gangster Sagayam near Ramamurthy
Nagar in 2003. He was posted as inspector at Commercial Street Police Station
at that time and was also the recipient of the President’s Police Gallantry
Award in 2004. However, doubts were raised over the encounter and CBI
registered a case against him in which he was acquitted last year, after a
More arrests are likely to be made in connection
with the case in the coming days, claimed investigating officers.
The accused was picked up on the basis of the
complaint filed by Shivaraj, a realtor who was one of the 20 people who had
pooled in as much as Rs83 lakh in demonetised currency to be exchanged at 25
per cent commission. The deal was finalised through Karthik, who had contacted
them claiming to be a facilitator for illegal cash exchange, for a fixed
commission. The cash was to be exchanged at the residence of Satish on Thursday
night and was to be handed over to Lohith, one of the main accused in the case.
However, after Shivaraj showed the cash bundle
to Lohith, a group of men entered and claimed that they were from the Central
Crime Branch (CCB) and staged a fake arrest, asking Shivaraj to accompany them
in their vehicle. They drove around for a while and pushed Shivaraj out of the
vehicle at a deserted spot near JP Nagar and sped away with the cash. An
official complaint was filed with JP Nagar police station.
“There were six people involved in the scam and
one of the main accused, Lohit, is closely associated with Babu Noronha. We
have detained him in connection with the case,” said SD Sharanappa, Deputy
Commissioner, Bengaluru City (South).
Sources added that Babu Noronha was waiting
inside a car outside and handed his old police identity card to Lohith when he
went inside and announced to the victims that they were from the police
department. Investigating officials are also probing if any other serving or
former police official was involved in the crime.
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