BANGALORE: Two inspectors were suspended by City Police Commissioner M N Reddi for dereliction of duty on Monday. The suspended officers are Cubbon Park police station inspector G V Udayabhaskar and Kodigehalli inspector Gopal Nayak.
Implicated by ACP: Udayabhaskar was implicated in a December 18, 2013, case when the Cubbon Park police were informed of a Chinese couple trying to smuggle red sanders. However, when the sub inspectors went to the hotel where the couple were staying, they tried to extort money from them, the couple had alleged.
Udayabhaskar has been accused of helping the policemen, in an enquiry report that was filed by the then assistant commissioner of police, Nyamegowda. He alleged that Udayabhaskar helped his subordinates get away by giving them medical leave after the incident. He also asked them to hide the seized red sanders.
‘Departmental Inquiry Will Continue’: M N Reddi told Express that the suspension was based on the chargesheet filed against Udayabhaskar. He said a departmental inquiry will continue on the matter.
Suspended Inspector Seeks Action Against Ex-Boss: Police sources said Udayabhaskar has approached the City Police Commissioner seeking action against his former boss Nyamegowda, now Additional Superintendent of Police, for allegedly exceeding his brief and trying to implicate him in a case.
According to sources, Udayabhaskar has alleged in his complaint that the chargesheet is illegal and does not have any incriminating evidence against him. “My name has not even appeared in the FIR nor was it mentioned by the Chinese couple in their complaint. Nyamegowda was relieved from duty in Bangalore and he filed the chargesheet after he was transferred to Belgaum which is beyond his authority and jurisdiction,” states the complaint.
When Express contacted Udayabhaskar, he did not wish to comment as the matter is subjudice. However, he termed the entire episode as a professional hazard and said he would soon find a legal remedy.
Gopal Nayak extorts money from gambling den: An enquiry into Gopal Nayak’s extortion from the owner of a gambling den came to light after the Central Crime Branch (CCB) raided the den and arrested some members recently.
Senior officials investigating the case found that Nayak was not only extorting money from people, but that he had also failed in maintaining law and order in his jurisdiction, where several chain snatching and robbery cases had also been reported.