Palike engineers booked for trespassing

They inspected BMTF chiefs property

The Kothanur police on Monday registered a case against engineers of the Technical Vigilance Cell under Commissioner (TVCC) of the BBMP for trespassing on the property of Dr R P Sharma, Additional Director General of Police, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), at Doddagubbi.

According to police sources, the engineers allegedly went inside the property on October 31 to check whether any building plan violations had taken place.

They arrived in a van (KA03/C3511) and introduced themselves as Srinivas and Ramesh from Doddagubbi Gram Panchayat (GP). It is alleged that the ‘intruders’ threatened the people working there when the reason for their visit was sought.

The registration number of the four-wheeler given by complainant Chinna was reportedly traced to Mohammad Mustafa Shareef. On interrogation, Shareef said the vehicle was hired by executive engineer Anwar Pasha to visit the village.

He was accompanied by another engineer Channakeshava.

Letter

Based on his statement, Pasha and Channakeshava were interrogated who told police that they referred to a letter by Chief Secretary S V Ranganath, who asked the BBMP and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) on October 17 to probe the allegations of building plan violations and misuse of power in the purchase of the property.

Ranganath's direction was based on a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) letter dated March 28 this year, which asked the Karnataka government to look into the allegations made by S M Alex.

The police have seized the vehicle and registered cases against Pasha and Channakeshava.

Sharma was transferred from the BMTF on August 14 this year, based on the allegations of building plan violations. Two days later, he got a stay on his transfer from the Central Administrative Tribunal.

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