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Investigation will be speeded up: Lokayukta



Staff Reporter

Justice should not be delayed, says N. Venkatachala

Bangalore: Lokayukta N. Venktachala, whose term ends on June 30, has said he will complete the investigation of cases of disproportionate wealth slapped on the five police officers who were arrested after their residences were raided on Tuesday.

"Normally cases based on raids take months or even years because documents have to be traced, examined and authenticated. In this case, I have directed the Lokayukta officials to expedite the matter so that justice is not delayed," Mr. Venkatachala told presspersons here on Thursday.

The ongoing investigation will reveal if the arrested police officers enjoy any political patronage or have powerful persons backing them, the Lokayukta said.

With the Government responding favourably, these cases should reach their "logical end" before very long, he remarked.

Property identified

The Lokayukta police have now identified more property reportedly acquired by P. Shivanna, Circle Inspector, Yeshwantpur. The officer and his family own a three-storeyed house in Rajajinagar 2nd Stage, E Block, estimated to cost close to Rs. l crore.

More complaints

Since Wednesday, complaints have come to the Lokayukta, alleging that Mir Arif Ali, Inspector, Koramangala, did not register cases of robbery.

One of the complainants identified one of the pieces of jewellery found in the police officer's bank locker during the raids. The complainant is a software engineer.

Another complaint from a resident of Jeevanbimanagar said the inspector had closed as undetected a case registered based on his complaint of a burglary in his house.

He has asked to be shown the seized jewellery to identify if those burgled from his home are among them.

A complaint from a resident of Sarjapur, Usha Gopinath, a software engineer that the inspector did not register a case against her in-laws for harassing her and tried to evict her from the joint family house despite repeatedly approaching the police station.

`Eye-opener'

The Lokayukta said, "These incidents should be an eye-opener for the Government to keep a close watch on officials who appear to be wealthy beyond their means and order investigation."

Complaint filed

The Lokayukta police have lodged a complaint against P. Shivanna, the Circle Inspector of Yeshwantapur police station, for running away from their custody on Tuesday evening.

Shivanna, who was suspended for allegedly accruing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, ran away while he was being brought in a police jeep.

The police inspector pushed two escorts and ran away on Kumara Krupa Road. He later surrendered before the Lokayukta police on Tuesday night. The Lokayukta police on Thursday filed a complaint under Section 216 (Harbouring offender who has escaped from custody) of Indian Penal Code before the High Grounds Police Station.

This case is apart from the case booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act against him on the charge of possessing disproportionate assets.