DGP confirms his son has business ties with kin of Lokayukta bribery scandal suspect

Karnataka State police chief Om Prakash’s son and a kin of a clerk in his office, who has been arrested for his alleged role in the Lokayukta bribery scandal, are business partners. They had jointly floated a stone crushing firm in Ramanagaram district.

Ashwath, the business partner of Mr. Om Praksh’s son Karthikesh, is the brother-in-law of Narasimha Murthy, a second division clerk in the DGP’s office. The two floated Magadi Quarry and Crusher, against which a case is pending before Upalokayukta Subhash B. Adi.

“The villagers of Hanchikuppe have alleged corruption on the part of the then Deputy Commissioner, who relaxed the safe zone regulations in the area, and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board officials for clearing the project on the same day in March 2013,” said a Lokayukta source.

Mr. Om Prakash confirmed to The Hindu that his son and Mr. Ashwath were business partners. “My son and Ashwath had separate stone quarries in the area since 2009. They came together to put up a joint crusher unit as working independently was probably unviable. But all transactions are legal. Moreover, my son is 30 years old and I have no bearing or connection to his business links,” he said, and added that vested interests were trying to defame him using the case.

Mr. Narasimha Murthy, an SDC with the Police Department, was earlier posted with the Fire and Emergency Services where Mr. Om Prakash held charge. He was transferred to the DGP’s office in March 2015, days after Mr. Om Prakash took over as DG&IGP.

Mr. Narasimha Murthy, who has been arrested by the SIT probing alleged corruption in the Lokayukta office, is said to have been in close contact with Bhaskar, another accused in the scam, and had allegedly called a PWD chief engineer Uday Shankar, who has now lodged a complaint.

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