K J George shielding extortionist cop, reveals probe report

K J George shielding extortionist cop, reveals probe report

Bangalore, Oct 22: A probe into the involvement of a police officer in an extortion case in Bangalore has revealed the horrible face of Karnataka home minister, who is accused of protecting errant cop.

kjgeorgeAssistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) N M  Nyamagouda, who probed the charges of extortion, has held home minister K J George responsible not initiating any action against Cubbon Park inspector Uday Bhaskar, who is charged with extorting money from two Chinese nationals, besides supporting illegal transport of red sanders.

Despite orders by a City court, directions from the Centre and a missive from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Bangalore Police have failed to act against Bhaskar as he “enjoyed the blessings of the state home minister”.

A charge sheet was filed before the VIIIth ACMM Court on July 11, 2014, against Bhaskar for extorting money from a Chinese man and woman–Weng Ping and Zheng Xinghua–besides the illegal transport of red sanders.

The court directed the police to act against Bhaskar. Since its citizens were targeted, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi took up the matter with the Union Home Ministry, which directed the state government to probe the matter and act against the officials concerned.

The ACP’s report further stated: “The department has not taken action against Uday Bhaskar as he has the blessings of the home minister.”

The report also mentions that Bhaskar made repeated calls to “an influential minister, his son and a close associate of the son” and through them pressured the then police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar and additional commissioner (law and order) Kamal Pant not to take action.

According to sources, the minister’s son even threatened Auradkar and Pant that he would get them transfered if they acted against Bhaskar.

On December 18, four constables attached to Cubbon Park station, Vithal Kumar, Sudhakar, Kumar and Nara­sim­haraju took Weng Ping and Zheng Xinghua into custody from a star hotel on Bhaskar’s direction.

They seized a laptop, a watch, 300 Chinese Yen and 10 boxes of red sanders valued at Rs 10 lakh from the duo. The constables then demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh and threatened to book cases if they did not pay up.

The Chinese nationals then approached Cubbon Park sub-inspector (SI) Bharath on December 20. When the SI contacted Bhaskar, he told him not to entertain their plea and directed the SI against bringing the matter to the notice of higher authorities.

However, on being alerted, Nyamagouda spoke to the Chinese duo and registered a complaint. The ACP also recovered the materials taken by the constables and submitted a report to the DCP (Central), sources said.

Sources said that Bhaskar exerted pressure through the home minister and ensured that a criminal case was not registered against him. At a high-level meeting, Auradkar even expressed his helplessness in acting against Bhaskar.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy contacted the Union Home Ministry and objected to the Bangalore Police taking the Chinese woman into custody without the mandatory presence of a woman officer and also for taking her on a ride around the City late at night.

The Home Ministry expressed its displeasure to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who summoned Auradkar on February 2 and sought details.

A fuming Siddaramaiah, at the state-level IPS officers’ meeting on February 4, expressed displeasure over the issue and directed Home Minister K J George, who was present there, to act immediately. Eventually, a departmental inquiry was ordered against Bhaskar.



I-T raids unearth Rs 200 cr, gold from potholes, garbage in Bangalore

I-T raids unearth Rs 200 cr, gold from potholes, garbage in Bangalore

Bangalore, Oct 22: While Bangaloreans continue to live surrounded by garbage and risk life and limb every day navigating the hundreds of potholes, the civic administrators, it seems, is making hay while the proverbial sun shines.

But it looks like all that’s about to end. A two-day-long Income Tax (I-T) raid comprising over 450 sleuths raided around 100 houses and found unaccounted income of up to Rs 200 crore, 15 kg gold and Rs 4 crore in cash.

After finding the cache I-T investigators have now decided to dig deeper into the business activities of contractors who handle garbage collection and disposal, and road asphalting within BBMP limits.

itraidThe raide began early in the morning of October 9 and continued into the 10th. Investigators from the Bangalore and Chennai units, worked under the guidance of seven Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officers. Director (Income Tax), Ravichandra supervising the operation. Around 100 houses mostly in Bangalore and few in Bijapur, Gulbarga, Udupi, Raichur, Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon were raided.

“We have discovered a contractor-bureaucrat-politician nexus through these raids. In the coming days, those who have benefited from these contractors, mainly politicians and bureaucrats will be targeted,” a senior I-T department officer said.

The investigators were astonished by the amount of unaccounted income that was discovered during the raid. ‘Before conducting this raid, which we planned based on a tip-off, we did our homework and drew up a list of contractors and then segregated them under BBMP Garbage Contracts Mafia, BBMP Road Contracts Asphalt Mafia, and Irrigation Contracts Mafia. Then we kept a watch on these people. A special raid team was drawn from IT units located in Chennai. This was done to maintain utmost secrecy regarding the raids. The result of this is the detection of huge amount of unaccounted money,” the officer added.

More than 100 investigators are now scrutinising documents found in the homes raided. Some property documents recovered from reveal a number of fronts connected to influential politicians and bureacrats involved in the civic administration of Bangalore.” the officer added.

Separate teams focussed on 24 garbage contractors. “There is a serious mismatch between the annual returns statement filed by them and the wealth found in their homes,” IT sources said. Similarly, teams conducted raids on the premises of 15 BBMP road work asphalt contractors.

Another important mafia that was targetted by the investigators is contractors who bag work from the irrigation department and the PWD.

According to one IT officer, “Bureaucrats and politicians give work to these contractors who do inferior work and siphon off huge sums of money. This money, or part of it, is then given back to the bureaucrats and politicians. Who in turn ask them to invest it in property under aliases. A substantial amount has been invested in places like Gurgaon, Pune and Mumbai.”



Rape in school: Parents protest; staff questioned

Rape in school: Parents protest; staff questioned

Bangalore, Oct 22: Staff members of a school here are being questioned in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a three-year-old girl in its campus even as parents outraged over the incident held protests and demanded answers from the management.protest

CCTV footage from the school was being examined and staff members were being questioned, police said, as the shocking incident– the third relating to sexual abuse of a minor girl in school campus in recent months — surfaced last night.

City Police Commissioner M N Reddi, who visited the school immediately after the complaint was lodged yesterday, has ordered a probe by ACP (Malleshwaram) Sarah Fatima.

The school is on a holiday today on account of Diwali.According to the complaint lodged with Jalahalli Police Station, the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from school, was not behaving normally and had symptoms of fever.

While she initially told her mother that someone beat her up, she later said that she was sexually abused, police said.A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the child’s father.

The incident triggered protests from parents who gathered at the campus seeking answers from the authorities of the “international” school.

“I’m shocked that the incident has happened in this school where the atmosphere was so good, I have come here to know from the management what has happened. I have been to this school, security is good here,” the parent of a child studying in the school said.

He said, “Till now no one from the management has spoken to us. There is a parents association which we have formed through which we are trying to approach and get answers.”

“If it is true that the incident has happened in the school, then we will definitely support that child and try to get justice to her,” another parent said.

This is the third such incident to happen in a school campus in recent months in Bangalore.An eight year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her 63-year-old teacher inside her school premises over a period of time, with the offence coming to fore in early August, barely a month after the “gang-rape” of a six-year-old girl at Vibgyor High School here evoked public outrage.

The Vibgyor school incident saw public erupt in anger on the streets, leading to police issuing stringent guidelines to schools to ensure safety of children and the government amending the Goondas Act to bring sexual offences under its ambit.



Mangalore: Unidentified youth’s dead body found in Uchilla Betampadi

Mangalore: Unidentified youth’s dead body found in Uchilla Betampadi

Mangalore, Oct 22: An unidentified dead body of a youth was found at sea shore in Uchilla Betampadi here on Wednesday October 22.

Police sources say that the deceased is an outsider and the age is around 20-25 years.

It is also said that a paper note was found with the dead body which had the details about the loan the person had to repay. It is suspected that the deceased may have committed suicide.

Dead body has been kept at Wenlock Hospital morgue.

Ullal Police have registered a case.



Mangalore: Man dies after being hit with heavy stone

Mangalore: Man dies after being hit with heavy stone

Mangalore, Oct 23: An unidentified body of a male was found lying near the steps of MCC Bayalu Ranga Mantapa located opposite Urwa Marigudi Temple in the city on Thursday October 23 morning.

The victim was badly injured on the head. Prima facie, it appeared that he might have died after being hit on his head with a large, heavy stone.

The identity of the deceased and the circumstances that led to his death are yet to be ascertainted.

Police commissioner R Hitendra, deputy police commissioner Vishnuvardhan, along with Urwa police visited the spot and are taking steps to register a case in Urwa police station.

More details are awaited.