Now, ADGP files complaint against top cop Auradkar

Seeks action under SC/ST atrocities Act

Now, ADGP files complaint against top cop Auradkar

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) P Ravindranath, accused of clicking pictures of a woman at a coffee shop, lodged a complaint against City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar and two other officers on Thursday.

He also sought action against them under the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act 1989.

In his complaint to the Cubbon Park police, Ravindranath, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste, said the three officers had committed an offence under the said Act by implicating him in a false case. The two others named in the complaint are DCP (Central) B R Ravikanthe Gowda and Sub-Inspector M S Ravi of the High Grounds police station.

Ravindranath has, in the complaint, referred to how he was “ill-treated” at the High Grounds police station soon after the alleged incident on Monday.

The complaint read, “Auradkar had practised untouchability when I asked him to allow me to sit in his car on Tuesday, when I had been to his office. He asked me not to touch him.”

DG and IGP L R Pachau refused to comment on the ADGP’s complaint.

Meanwhile, Home Minister K J George said the State government has already ordered a CID inquiry into the coffee shop incident.

“If Ravindranath has any grievances, he can file a complaint with the CID.”

While there were reports that in the wake of the controversy, the government was planning to transfer Auradkar, George said there was no such idea. However, sources said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will hold a high-level meeting on Friday on replacing Auradkar. ADGP (Law and Order) M N Reddi’s name is making the rounds for the top post.

At a meeting chaired by Siddaramaiah at his home office on Thursday evening, the entire issue was reportedly discussed at length.

The protest by KSRP personnel in support of Ravindranath was also discussed. Responding to the protest, George said police should be disciplined and the protest was uncalled for.

When his comment was sought on two top IPS officers fighting in public and thus embarrassing the government, George evaded the query by saying that the government was not involved.

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