Twist in cops' 'extortion' case

Court seeks a letter purportedly written by a junior engineer


During the hearing of anticipatory bail plea of the two absconding police officers, the District and Sessions Court directed the Public Prosecutor to produce a letter which the complainant Halaswamy has referred to in his complaint to the Director General of Police. Halaswamy, in his complaint to the DGP has sought to draw the attention to the letter of Srinivas, the junior engineer. The CoD has been requested to obtain the letter, Public Prosecutor Nallattavad told Deccan Herald.

The PP said the production of the said letter has now become crucial to further hearing on the anticipatory bail plea. The whereabouts of DySP Sangappa Chalavadi and sub-inspector S Y Mohan, the cops in the dock are yet to be traced.

According to the available documents, the prosecutor said Srinivas had sought Rs two crore from Halaswamy to purchase 56 acres of land. The former had offered a ‘commission’ of Rs 15 lakh.

Halaswamy and his friend Venkataswamy came to town with Rs one crore each and a room was allotted at the guest house at the instance of Srinivas.

However, Srinivas, who was supposed to come to the guest house did not turn up and instead police raid followed. The crucial point is, the PP said, the police had no prior information on the deal.

Delay

The two police officials who allegedly took the cash forcibly, returned only Rs 1,46,50,000, short by Rs 53.50 lakh. The complainant, who didn’t protest instantly, approached Superintendent of Police Dr K Tyagaraj, four days later. The SP sought to lodge a complaint in writing, which however, Halaswamy did not comply with. In the meantime, SI Mohan returned Rs 52 lakh to Halaswamy who lodged a complaint to the DGP alleging that the police officers have kept the balance of Rs 1.5 lakh, the Public Prosecutor said.
Meanwhile, attempts are being made to trace the source of whopping sum. The SP and PP also said that the complainant has not been cooperating in the investigation.

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