Auradkar gets 'clean chit' from CID

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has reportedly found that there is no truth in the allegations made by Additional Director General of Police Dr P Ravindranath that Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar and two other police officers had committed an offence under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Prevention Act by ill-treating him.

The CID, which is probing a complaint lodged by Dr Ravindranath, is said to have prepared a 26-page interim report that reportedly gives a clean chit to Auradkar, DCP (Central) B R Ravikanthe Gowda and High Grounds SI M S Ravi, according to highly placed sources in the CID. According to the sources, the CID will submit the report to Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee shortly.

The sources said that the staff at the High Grounds police station had not misbehaved with Dr Ravindranath when he was taken to the police station after he was accused of taking pictures of two women on his cellphone at a coffee shop on Cunningham Road on May 26, as was alleged by the ADGP.

“The interim report was prepared after questioning the car drivers of Dr Ravindranath, Auradkar and Ravikanthe Gowda, security staff as well as eyewitnesses. Based on circumstantial evidences and statements of eyewitnesses, it was found that there was no truth in allegations of atrocity as levelled by Dr Ravindranath,” the sources said.

When contacted, Director General of Police (CID) Bipin Gopalkrishna said investigations were still on. He refused to comment on the content of the interim report. Dr Ravindranath’s mobile phone has been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar in Gujarat and the CID is awaiting the expert report, the sources said.

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