The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is learnt to have submitted an interim report to Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee on Friday on the illegal single-digit lottery operations carried out by Pari Rajan and his links with a host of senior police officers.
The Criminal Investigation Department senior officers met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after they were summoned by him and submitted the interim report which mentions the names of two ADGPs, three IGPs, two retired DG&IGPs, besides several other senior officers, a top source in the Criminal Investigation Department said.
The analysis of Call Detail Record (CDR) of Pari Rajan’s mobile phones and landlines have disclosed some critical details which clearly embarrass the police department. The investigation carried out so far has indicated that over 30 senior police officers were closely associated with Rajan, the sources said.
A police officer who served as Bengaluru City police commissioner and later as DG&IGP in 2011 is found to have shared close relationship with Rajan whose illegal lottery business thrived during this period.
There are evidences to show the particular officer exchanged several communications with Rajan, the sources said. “We are yet to verify the nature of relationship that existed between the officer and Rajan.”
The name of another retired ADGP, who was involved in a legal battle for the post of DG&IGP, has also been linked with Rajan.
The Criminal Investigation Department needs a free hand to investigate the nexus between police officers and the lottery racket and more time to complete the probe. All these officers enjoy political patronage and are capable of sabotaging the entire investigation, he said.
When contacted, one of the retired ADGPs said Rajan was just one of his many friends. “You can’t view normal relationship in an abnormal and unusual way,” he said and added that he was ready for any probe.
Meanwhile, an informal meeting chaired by Home Minister K J George is said to have taken place.
The minister said the State government was contemplating suspending an IGP-rank police officer serving in Bengaluru.