State Intelligence Chief Gopal.B.Hosur along with three of his junior colleagues has been accused of intimidating an RTI activist, who has filed a case against Law Minister Suresh Kumar.
Based on the complaint filed by Dinesh Kallahalli, the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) has booked a case against Mr. Hosur and three of his officers including Siddappa, Shiva Kumar and Ramesh, all belonging to the State Intelligence Wing, for alleged criminal intimidation, threatening a person to give false evidence add disobeying of law by a public servant. The officials have also been booked under appropriate sections of Prevention of Atrocities Act and Indian Telegraph Act.
Speaking to Hindu, Mr. Kallahalli said that Mr. Hosur and his officers used to intimidate him ever since he filed a complaint against Mr. Kumar.
“They used to pressurize me to withdraw complaint and later began intimidating me when I did not budge to their persistent calls to my mobile phone”, Mr. Kallahalli said.
Unable to bear this, Kallahalli initially approached the chief Minister and complained to him about the threatening calls, following which Mr. Jagadish Shettar assured him that he would initiate inquiry and take necessary action.
But despite assurance, calls from the intelligence department continued, following which Mr. Kallahalli on Tuesday filed a complaint with the BMTF.
“We have taken up a case against the officials and are investigating” a senior police officer said adding that the mobile call details and the recording of the conversations are being probed.
It may be recalled that Mr. Kallahalli had filed a case against Mr. Suresh Kumar , M Krishnaiah Setty, former Housing Minister, and V P Baligar, former Principal Secretary to then Chief Minister for allegedly denotifying four acres 20 guntas (one gunta is about 1,086 sq ft) at Laggere in Bangalore North taluk.
The case was filed under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act- 1988. Mr. Kallahalli said in his complaint that in 1982, 4.2 acres in survey number 9/2, which belonged to K Gopinath, brother of senior RSS leader Narahari, was notified to build houses for the financially weaker and downtrodden sections.
The process of land acquisition process was completed in 2003 and six years after the land came into its possession, the Karnataka Slum Development Board commenced construction of houses by calling for tenders.