Dismissal or prison likely for tainted cop

Dismissal or prison likely for tainted cop

The IPS officer, accused of adultery, can be removed from service after a departmental enquiry

A grab of the video doing the rounds on social media.

The Karnataka police force is in the eye of a storm after one of their top-ranking officers was accused of adultery. A software engineer has filed a complaint against Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police Bheemashankar S Guled for having an affair with his wife. The techie submitted a video clip, which has since gone viral, that purportedly shows the uniformed officer in a compromising position with the woman. 

While Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara has said that he will look into the matter, Guled has been shunted out from his post.

The senior IPS officer has not been assigned any post as of now. Meanwhile, the Koramangala police have taken up a non-cognisable case under Section 497 (adultery) of IPC. And this may just be the beginning of his troubles. 

“The police is a highly disciplined force like the military. A police officer must be a role model for others,” points out M T Nanaiah, senior advocate. “Since the act remains established because of the video evidence, the officer can be removed from service after a departmental enquiry. In cases like these, action can be taken even without a formal complaint,” he says.

The fact that the officer is in uniform makes it all the more serious. “Not only is the sanctity of the uniform lost because of this kind of behaviour, it can even instigate others in the force to indulge in similar acts,” Nanaiah says.

Though the lady has said that she was not blackmailed or intimidated by the police officer, the case still stands. “If she had complained, it would have been all the more serious,” notes criminal defence lawyer Siji Malayil.  “The departmental enquiry is separate from the court proceedings. Once the husband has produced all evidence of the affair, it is up to the magistrate to take cognisance of the offence. If the court admits the case, the office will be summoned and tried,” Siji adds.