SIT Records Justice Rao's Statement

Published: 12th September 2015 03:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2015 03:47 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged extortion racket in the state’s anti-corruption body took the statement of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao at his residence in Hyderabad on Thursday.

A team of officials led by DIG Soumendu Mukherjee and Chief Investigating Officer Labhu Ram went to Rao’s house after he expressed his inability to come to the office of the SIT, citing health reasons.

The SIT had issued a notice to Rao to appear in person to record his statement two weeks ago.

A top police official in SIT refused to divulge the details of the statement they took. However, the official said they have obtained a detailed statement from Rao on the misuse of the room of the public relations officer, his own official residence and the role of his son Y Ashwin.

“We took a statement with regard to all five cases registered by SIT and Bengaluru city division police of Lokayukta,” the officer said.

When asked whether Rao would be considered a witness or an accused in the case, the officer said, “At present, we cannot say anything on this. This will be considered if any clinching evidence is found after the investigation.”

On the observation of the High Court that mere statements of witnesses will not make it a crime while granting bail to the four accused, including realtor Ashok Kumar, suspended Lokayukta PRO Syed Riyaz, journalist B Srinivasa Gowda, and

RTI activist Shankare Gowda, the SIT official said, “We will not comment on the court’s observations and will try our best to nail the accused.”

The officials also indicated that they would approach the Supreme Court against the bail granted to the four and file a chargesheet in the first FIR registered by Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp