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Former DGP moves HC against govt. orderState had directed ACB to register case against him over bribery charge

Former Director-General of Police (Prisons) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao on Tuesday moved the High Court of Karnataka questioning the State government’s order of directing the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register a case against him in connection with an alleged bribery case.

The government, in its February 26, 2018 order, directed the ACB to register a case of criminal misconduct by a pubic servant under Sections 13(1)(c) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on the complaint that Mr. Rao had allegedly accepted a bribe of ₹2 crore for extending special facilities in violation of the law to V.K. Sasikala, who is undergoing imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case.

Justice Vineet Kothari, before whom the petition came up for hearing, directed Mr. Rao’s counsel to place before the court the copies of First Information Report registered by the ACB, and the inquiry report submitted by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, who was appointed by the government to examine allegations that special facilities were given to Sasikala. The court adjourned further hearing by a week.

It was contended in the petition that the government should have closed the allegation against him as Deputy Inspector-General of Police D. Roopa had not given any evidence before the inquiry officer in support her allegations.

Pointing out that though Ms. Roopa had earlier approached the ACB, it has been claimed in the petition that she had not persuaded the matter before the bureau and “this conduct of her only demonstrates her intention to harass the petitioner [Mr. Rao].”

Denying all allegations made against him by Ms. Roopa, the petitioner has questioned how the government could have ordered a probe by the ACB after accepting the inquiry officer’s report, which itself has found that Ms. Roopa had failed to establish her allegations.

It has been stated in the petition that Mr. Rao had both civil and criminal cases against Ms. Roopa for making false allegations, while pointing out that the petitioner had around three decades of unblemished service in the police department and had received the President’s medal for both meritorious and distinguished services.