Did former Bangalore CoP snoop on his suceeding IPS officer?, technician reveals during probe

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Bengaluru: Was former Bangalore Police Commissioner Alok Kumar behind the telephone tapping which has revealed that his successor Bhaskar Rao had tried to use Ahmed Patel’s influence to secure the post? It appears yes as far as a technician, identified only as Mirji, has revealed during the inquiry that the Bhaskar Rao’s telephone was tapped following instructions from Alok Kumar, when he was heading the Central Crime Branch (CCB). Technician’s full name has not been revealed so far.

Interestingly, the same CCB is probing into the alleged snooping. Legally, the CCB cannot order tapping of the telephones of serving officers or politicians.

Alok Kumar, who was commissioner of police for 47 days, did not formally hand over the baton to Bhaskar Rao during the taking over ceremony. It was unusual development in the police Commissioner’s office. According to sources, nearly three hours of tapped conversations were handed over to Alok Kumar in a pen drive.

Alok Kumar is junior by four years to Bhaskar Rao (1990) in the IPS cadre.

The report is expected to be submitted to Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelamani Raju. Two cops also have been questioned regarding this, according to sources.

The alleged conversation between Bhaskar Rao and power broker Faraz was aired by a Kannada Television channel a couple of days ago. Soon after, an inquiry was ordered into the telephone tapping.

Bhaskar Rao, in the conversation that took place before the H D Kumaraswamy headed coalition government, is heard saying that Ahmed Patel should help him in getting the post.

However, veracity of three tapes running into nine minutes has not been verified. Even the channel has been displaying a rider to that effect.