A senior IPS officer in Karnataka has been booked by the Bangalore police for allegedly clicking ‘obscene pictures’ of two young women at a cafe-restaurant on the Cunningham Road. The officer was arrested after an FIR was filed by one of the women.
Police have registered a case of assault of a woman with intent to outrage her modesty and criminal intimidation against the IPS officer who was not named in the FIR but has been identified as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the Karnataka State Reserve Police Dr P Ravindranath.
Police have also seized the mobile phone used to click the images.
The police officer has claimed that it was an unidentified person present at the cafe on Monday morning who grabbed his cellphone while it was lying unattended and clicked the pictures of the women – one of whom is a freelance journalist. Dr Ravindranath, 50, has alleged that some of his colleagues in the police department have carried out a conspiracy to frame him in the matter.
The High Grounds police has registered a case under sections 354 and 506 of IPC against the IPS officer for taking ‘obscene pictures.’ The case has been transferred to the jurisdictional Cubbon Park police for further investigation.
The victim in her complaint has said that she and her cousin were at the cafe when they found a person sitting next to them staring and taking photos of them.
“I asked him to show the phone. He said sorry and tried to run out of the cafe. My cousin was manhandled by him when she tried to snatch his mobile. Another customer Sridhar who was sitting on the first floor of the cafe came out to help. We got the phone and saw that there were two obscene photos of me that he had taken. The man tried to escape. We noticed a Hoysala vehicle outside and called them to take him to the police station,” the victim has stated in her complaint.
After the phone with the photographs was handed over to the police, the officer, according to the complaint, asked the victim if she knew who he was. He allegedly threatened her saying, “I will take care of you”. “During the incident we had came to know that he had an identity card of the police department,” the victim said in her complaint.
The IPS officer on Tuesday went back to the cafe in plain clothes, without his official car, and claimed before the media that he had been framed in the case by someone who grabbed his phone and clicked the pictures.
He broke into tears before some media persons and claimed that he had visited the cafe on a working day since he had been in the vicinity to collect a medical report that was required to be furnished for his Annual Confidential Report (ACR).
He alleged that there was a larger conspiracy in the matter. “Somebody is behind this. The sub-inspector of the High Grounds police station is supporting them. He removed my spectacles even though I told him that I am a ADGP. He threatened to book a case against me under section 354 of the IPC and he did it on Tuesday,” Ravindranath alleged.
Meanwhile, the city police said that the mobile phone seized from Ravindranath had been sent to the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) for scientific analysis. “We are waiting the FSL report to take action against Ravindranath in the case. We have found that the CCTV cameras of the cafe were not working properly when the incident took place,” a senior police officer said.
High-level probe ordered
Home Minister KJ George has ordered a high-level probe into the case. George met senior police officers at Vikasa Soudha on Tuesday evening before ordering the probe.
The accused officer will not be asked to resign, he said. “A decision will be taken once the probe has been completed and the report sent to the home department,” George said.
Ravindranath, meanwhile, claimed that he had already tendered his resignation to the DG & IGP Lalrokhuma Pachaua. “I am ready to face any kind of probe against me,” he said.