HYDERABAD: “We conducted the probe on the right lines. We made progress in the case after collecting details of Satish’s phone calls,’’deputy commissioner of police Chandrasekhar Reddy said here on Thursday, and dismissed the charge that there was pressure from a minister to go slow on the investigation into the murder of the software engineer.
Asked as to how they were able to crack the mystery so soon after SHRC’s intervention, he said, “We got a sudden breakthrough. Till now we had not had a single clue.’’ Saroornagar assistant commissioner of police J Amarender Reddy claimed that they solved the case almost 20 days before the deadline set by the SHRC. The commission asked the Cyberabad police to file a report by the first week of April.
An inconsolable Shankaraiah told Express: “With the help of my contacts in the CID, I got details of the telephone call made by my son. I even got details of the cell phone tower. Finally, I managed to get Satish’s laptop and diary from Bangalore after which we came to know about his friendship with Lavanya.’’
He alleged that the inspector of police, K Purnachander Rao, was transferred recently and sub-inspector Venkateshwarlu did not pursue the case seriously. “They said arresting the accused would create a problem for the government in view of the the ongoing Assembly session. How can my son’s death or the arrest of the accused affect running of the Assembly?’’ he wondered.
Shankariah contacted Hyderabad police commissioner AK Khan and Cyberabad police commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao. “When I contacted the Cyberabad CP, he got angry and threatened to transfer the case,’’ Shankaraiah alleged.