‘Faraz, a fixer cultivated by cops, politicians’

Published: 14th August 2019 06:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2019 06:39 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Faraz — the mysterious alleged power broker with who the incumbent City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao has purportedly had a conversation in the controversial audio tape — has emerged as a “middle man,” who runs a small-time business in Basavanagudi and Chamarajpet in Bengaluru.

“Faraz is actually a fixer and a small-time power broker, who is reportedly known to many senior IPS officers in Karnataka and politicians. He also allegedly plays the role of a police informant and is paid in cash or kind for his information services. The nature of his work is such that he is privy to a lot of sensitive information about officers and politicians, who cultivate such people to spy on their rivals for their self-interests. It is possible that Faraz was under surveillance to know who was tapping him and for what reason,” said a senior officer on condition of anonymity.

“It is yet to be verified whether Faraz was actually close to the Congress central leadership or he was just dropping names. It is also possible that Rao fell into a staged trap of a taped conversation, when the then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had decided to change the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner,” the officer added.

The interim report on the audio tape, meanwhile, which was submitted to the DG&IGP on Monday, reportedly mentions the name of an Additional Director General of Police, who on August 2 had allegedly asked a CCB Inspector, posted in technical wing, to download the controversial audio tape in a pen drive and hand it over to him.

“The scope of the investigation should be wider now. Any leakage of call intercepts amounts to data theft and is an offence under the Information Technology Act, Telegraph Act and Official Secrets Act,” said another officer, who didn’t wish to be named.

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.)


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