SC relief to Dutta over 'fake' LLB attendance

SC relief to Dutta over 'fake' LLB attendance

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition for prosecution of Karnataka-cadre IPS officer Rupak Kumar Dutta for forging classroom attendance while studying LLB in 2009.

After noting that the officer, now special secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, didn’t complete the course, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal said, “For some reasons, the complainant, who claimed to be a social worker, was after him.”
In March 2015, a magisterial court had ordered registration of an FIR against Dutta and the management of Arunodaya Institute of Legal Studies, Bengaluru. The high court quashed order in September 2016.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for G Mallesh, the complainant, moved the Supreme Court. “Can a police officer be allowed to forge his attendance and violate the law,” Dhawan asked. Sanjay Nuli, representing Dutta, said every time Dutta was being considered for a key post, the complaint was filed. The first one was filed when he was being considered for the post of additional director of the CBI, he said. Now, he is in the race to be the DG&IGP of Karnataka.

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