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 written test.
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 weeded out.
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 alarming.
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 punished.
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 hand.
- 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 ?
Behind 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.
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.
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.
Alok Kumar, too, is said have disclosed the name of the officer, when he was grilled by the CID on Sunday.
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 negative.
“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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 checked individually.
The Delhi government had extended a similar scheme for its bureaucracy. City bureaucrats were empowered to buy computers and related equipment out of the sum allocated.
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.
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 informants.
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 cash.
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 recovery.
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 the incident.
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 ordered.
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 informants.
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 ranks.
ROGUE COPS DON’T GIVE A BUCK
Cop, 2 KRV men held for black ops; may have converted up to Rs 2 crore
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 KRV activists.
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 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 prolonged trial.
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.