Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed anticipatory bail petition of suspended Circle Inspector C.D. Nagaraj and two other constables. They had approached the court seeking bail following charges of abetment to suicide.
A 60-page report by DCP South-East Division Rohini Sepat Katoch to City Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi had blamed Nagaraj and the two constables attached to Kempegowda Nagar police station for the alleged illegal detention and custodial torture of a cab driver.
Unable to bear the humiliation, the cab driver, Pradeep, had hanged himself at his residence in Lakshmipuram. He had informed his friends that he was tortured while in police custody.
Ms Katoch’s report, said that prima facie the Kempegowda Nagar police were at fault. The report blamed Circle Inspector C.D. Nagaraj and two other constables for illegally detaining Pradeep and torturing him. The DCP has stated in the report that the policemen indeed took Rs 15,000 as bribe to release Pradeep.
All three were absconding after the criminal case was filed against them. The court had rejected the anticipatory bail as the investigation was still under process and chargesheet has not been filed.
The High Court on Tuesday dismissed the PIL filed by filed by freedom fighter H S Doreswamy challenging the transfer of Additional Director-General of Police (Lokayukta), H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao.