Cops: Have cracked auditor murder case

Bangalore: Arrest cooperative cashier who ‘siphoned off’ funds & was facing audit

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published:June 8, 2012 12:37 am

The Bangalore police on Thursday claimed to have solved the case of the fatal attack on a deputy director of audits of Karnataka cooperatives on May 15.

The police arrested four people,including the cashier of a Bangalore cooperative society who had allegedly misappropriated funds and was facing audit.

Bangalore Police Commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji claimed the auditor,S P Mahantesh,was attacked by three persons hired by the cashier,Kiran Kumar.

While the police chief said the May 15 attack was an act of murder — Mahantesh succumbed to injuries on May 20 — sources said the attackers had been hired only to scare him away from looking at the society’s accounts.

Mahantesh visited the society’s office at Sahakarnagar on May 15 and met the society’s officials,including the cashier,with the intention to begin a routine annual audit of the accounts,the police said. When he left,his car was followed by the attackers who used a secluded spot to fake an accident and picked up a fight with Mahantesh.

One of them hit him on his head with a cricket stump that left the auditor bleeding.

According to the police,Kumar had been regularly siphoning off funds from the society where he had been appointed four years ago on compassionate grounds after his father,who earlier worked there,died.

Police said they were yet to look at the accounts of the society and ascertain the exact amount he had siphoned off,but claimed that the 23-year-old lived a “high life with his friends”.

Police admitted that the motive appeared weak since Mahantesh’a path had barely crossed the cashier’s and no formal audit process had begun. The sources said they stumbled upon the possible involvement of the cashier in the killing while probing the disappearance of a person linked to him.

The three men arrested along with Kumar are Ayyappa Venkatesh,24,Murali,29 and Shivakumar,28,all described as small-time rickshaw and car drivers.

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