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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Central Crime Branch - A den of Crime Abetment and Not a Place for Crime Detection

Central Crime Branch - A den of Crime Abetment and Not a Place for Crime Detection
The Central Crime Branch of the City police is in the eye of a storm following Pune-based businessman Ripon Malhotra’s alleged suicide on June 29 in Ashwini Nagar in Viveknagar police station limits.

His suicide note is an expose on the rot that has set in in the specialised crime branch, which was set up in 1971 with two police inspectors to assist local police in detecting cases of organised crime.

Four decades down the line, the CCB, with seven assistant commissioners of police, has become a power centre and, as many in the department themselves say, a “mafia den”.

Till very recently, postings in the CCB were reportedly up for bids, with the highest bidder getting plum posts. The hydra-headed growth of the CCB is the story of Bengaluru’s manic urbanisation, escalating land costs and the subsequent rise of the land mafia, which allegedly thrived on the blessings of their ‘friends’ in the CCB.

Besides land, illegal entertainment joints like live bands, massage parlours and dance bars, which were nothing but trafficking and prostitution dens also found their godfathers in the Branch, which was mandated to curb organised crime.

The underworld, which extorted protection money from vulnerable land-owners, bar girls and owners with one hand, paid huge hafta money running into lakhs of rupees to the “bosses”, who were accessible in the CCB and helped them run their illicit rackets, with the other.

The builders, who made a killing overnight in the booming real estate business, latched on to police officers and offered them a hefty share of the booty – land or prized flats in their luxury apartments.

The CCB, which is headed by the Police Commissioner and investigates cases on memos issued by him, even threw the chain of command to the wind and bypassed immediate seniors who refused to join hands.

Things will have to change now following Malhotra’s alleged suicide note, in which he has made very serious and damning allegations against the CCB top brass – Deputy Commissioner D. Devaraj and the former police commissioner of being “recovery agents” and demanding huge sums of money from him.

The Viveknagar police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Whether they will book an abetment case under Section 306 IPC is not known.

Malhotra’s post-mortem reportedly states “hanging” as the cause of death, but his anguished statement in the suicide note that “crime cannot finish (sic) if police become criminals” is a damning indictment of the ‘police mafia’ by a dying man.

Extortionist Police Ex-Police Commissioner Mirji and D Devaraj: Ripon faced police pressure just days before suicide

Extortionist Police Ex-Police Commissioner Mirji  and D Devaraj:  Ripon faced police pressure just days before suicide
Jul 4, 2013
BANGALORE: Stockbroker Ripon Malhotra, 54, who committed suicide after alleging that some top cops of the city were demanding Rs 7 crore from him, appeared to have been under intense police pressure in the last couple of days before his death, sources privy to the developments revealed.
DCP D Devaraj
Malhotra was found hanging in his house on Saturday. A suicide note written by him that surfaced later alleged that DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police were acting as recovery agents and trying to extort Rs 7 crore from him, leaving him with no alternative but to end his life.
Jyothiprakash Mirji
The stockbroker, who allegedly owed crores of rupees to several investors, had said in his note that he was detained by CCB police on June 27. He had arrived earlier in the day from Mumbai, CCB police confirmed. They also claimed that a CCB inspector had served a notice on Malhotra in Mumbai the previous day.

But what's intriguing is why the CCB police turned the heat on Malhotra as late as June 26 when duped investors had lodged a complaint against him as early as February 18. A FIR was registered in this regard on February 18. In fact, the city police commissioner's office had transferred the case from the Whitefield police to CCB on April 3.

A Times of India check with authoritative police sources revealed the sudden action on the Malhotra front came after a veteran politician from Davanagere mounted pressure on a senior city police officer.

"The politician's son is said to have invested crores of rupees with Malhotra. Following his downfall, Malhotra began to lie low, which irked the politician's son. He brought the matter to the notice of his father, who directed the top police officer to retrieve his son's investment," the sources said.

Responding to a TOI report that the city police had got Malhotra to issue blank cheques to chosen investors, after which the accounts were cleaned out, Devaraj said, "We never took blank cheques from him. Instead, one of our inspectors gave Malhotra Rs 2,000 when he said he had no money for food also. Malhotra texted a message to the inspector, thanking him for his gesture."

Devaraj also denied that the police trip to Mumbai was financed by select investors. "The inspector who travelled will get his expenses reimbursed by the department, while Malhotra purchased his ticket using his debit card."

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Commissioner of Police Jyothiprakash Mirji and Corrupt Police involved in Extortion: 'Cops forced Ripon to issue blank cheques'

Commissioner of Police Jyothiprakash Mirji and Corrupt Police involved in Extortion: 'Cops forced Ripon to issue blank cheques'
Jul 3, 2013
BANGALORE: The bank accounts of stockbroker Ripon Malhotra, 54, who committed suicide last Saturday had been cleaned out after police allegedly forced him to issue blank cheques in favour of select investors, police sources said.
Ripon Malhotra
Malhotra's suicide note had alleged that DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police were acting as recovery agents and tried to extort Rs 7 crore from him, leaving him with no alternative but to end his life.

"The Central Crime Branch of the city sent a team to Mumbai to bring back Malhotra. The flight expenses had been met by some persons who had filed a police complaint against the stockbroker. After Malhotra's arrival in the city, he was made to sign blank cheques which were handed over to select investors," said the source.

An investor from Davanagere told TOI he had invested in Malhotra's company after he met him there in 2011. "At first everything was rosy. After the recent turbulence in the share market, investors took a hit. Some approached city police who were of little help. But they found that some other investors from Bangalore had managed to recover their investments with the intervention of city police," he said.

A senior police officer said it was a case to invoke Section 306 (abetment to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. "When ordinary citizens are hauled up under the section on allegations they abetted someone's suicide, why are police officers being spared?" he wondered.

City police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar, who took charge on Sunday, said the case is a sensitive one. "I cannot comment at this stage until I see records," he added.

CM orders CID probe

Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday ordered a CID probe into Ripon Malhotra allegation that he was harassed by DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police who had demanded he give them Rs 7 crore or face cases.

Meanwhile, B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji, ADGP and principal secretary, home department, who was the commissioner of Bangalore police till Saturday, has gone on one month's leave, home department sources said. On Monday, Mirji had denied knowing anything about Malhotra.

Malhotra, a Pune-based businessman, claimed to be an IIM-B alumnus and CEO of Rippsons Groups of companies that was into broking, entertainment and media, among other things. Malhotra had incurred huge losses during the recent downward stock spiral and owed investors crores of rupeess. He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his house in Ashwini Layout, Ejipura on Saturday afternoon.

After his suicide, a four-page note purportedly by Malhotra to the chief minister, surfaced. The note referred to harassment and extortion efforts by top police officers.

Jyothiprakash Mirji, D Devaraj: Senior police officials in Bangalore mentioned in suicide note

Senior police officials in Bangalore mentioned in suicide note
Former City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji and Head of City's Central Crime Branch (CCB) D Devaraj found themselves in the dock following a suicide note written and posted to Chief Minister's office by a stock broker alleging harassment by the police officials before committing suicide last Saturday.
Handing the Baton: Ex-Police Commissioner of Police Prakash Mirji
The deceased Ripon Malhotra, in his five page suicide note, alleged that Devaraj, forced him "to pay up Rs 7 crore or die".

Mr Devaraj allegedly acted like a "recovery agent" and threatened to foist cases against him and put him behind bars if he did not pay, Mr Malhotra said in the letter. Even the Police Commissioner reportedly threatened him with dire consequences and even misbehaved with his staff, he alleged.

The Vivek Nagar police, who are investigating the suicide case, said they need to verify whether the letter was written by Mr. Malhotra. "We will subject the letter to examination by Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) to analyze the hand writing, the police said.

Mr Malhotra had committed suicide at his rented house in Ejipura on Saturday by hanging.

Senior police officials are now tightlipped about the matter. "We have not received any communiqué from the CM's office", a senior police official said