Southern range IGP Ramachandra Rao transferred

Last Updated 03 May 2014, 18:39 IST

Finally, top cop, IGP (Southern range) K Ramachandra Rao, whose name cropped up in the infamous Yelwal money seizure case, has been transferred.

The State government which shunted the police officer on Saturday, has brought IPS officer B K Singh, who had been serving as IGP (Administration) at the office of DG and IG, Bangalore, in his place.

Sources said, the transfer order of Rao was received by SP Abhinav Khare, who is currently holding the additional charge as IGP.

Rao is currently on leave for six days, from May 1.

He is on a religious sojourn with his family at Tirupati.

The transfer of Rao has come two days after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths arrested two among the six police personnel wanted in the case.

Head constable Satish and constable Latheef were apprehended in KEB quarters, near Jalapuri on Thursday early hours.

Transfer hinted

Rao’s transfer was doing rounds ever since the Home Minister K J George, in his media briefing in Bangalore, had hinted at taking stringent action against the top order in the Southern range, especially Mysore district police.

As anticipated, Dy SP (Mysore rural) Srihari Bargur and Circle Police Inspector of South station Sadananda Thippannanavar were transferred in a day on April 24.

A week later, Rao’s transfer follows suit.

In dock

Rao was in dock following the arrest of his gunman Prakash by CID personnel in the end of March. Prakash was among the first policeman to be arrested in the case.

However, he had claimed innocence over the issue and had also submitted a report to DG and IG Lal Rokhuma Pachau explaining the measures he had taken, following the incident.

On January 4, 2014, a police team led by South PSI Jagadish had allegedly seized Rs 20 lakh from a Calicut bound private bus, near Yelwal.

The case took a curious twist on March 8, when a gold merchant  lodged a complaint with Khare alleging that the exact amount being transported in the bus was Rs 2.27 crore.

The money belonged to five different parties.

Acting on the complaint, an FIR was filed against Jagadish and five other police personnel.
Initially, SP Khare was investigating the case and three police informers were also arrested.

Later, the case was handed over to CID.

(Published 03 May 2014, 18:37 IST)

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