The Criminal Investigation Department of the Karnataka police on Friday began their investigations into a case where a senior IPS officer has been accused of clicking objectionable pictures of two young women by visiting the cafe in central Bangalore where the incident occurred. The CID questioned staff at the cafe and seized a hard disk used for storing CCTV footage at the cafe.
Senior IPS officer and Additional Director General of Police Dr P Ravindranath is facing charges of outraging the modesty of women and assaulting them at the cafe on May 26. The IPS officer has alleged a conspiracy against him involving senior Bangalore police officers.
The case which was registered with the Cubbon Park police in Bangalore was handed over to the CID on May 28 by the state government in the light of the IPS officer’s allegations against the Bangalore police.
CID sources said they started the investigation into the case from 9.30 pm on Thursday and obtained all the documents related to the case from the city police. The CID police have served notices for information on three policemen who accompanied sub-inspector H S Ravi while ADGP Dr P Ravindranath was being taken to the police station following the fracas at the cafe on Monday. The CID police have questioned the constables and the sub-inspector about the incident.
A police team headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Soumendu Mukherji and Superintendent of Police D C Rajappa visited the Au Bon Pain cafe on Friday afternoon. The CID team of more than 10 officers served notices on three employees of the cafe who were present at work when the incident occurred. The CID team asked the three employees to appear before them for questioning on Saturday.
They also obtained a preliminary account of the events that transpired at the cafe on Monday.
“Only three employees of the cafe were present when the incident took place. We have asked them to appear before the investigation team for questioning. They have assured us of co-operation,” a senior police officer said.
The CID team collected a hard disk containing CCTV footage from the cafe for verification. The Bangalore police in the course of their probe had claimed that the CCTV was not working at the time of the incident. The CID police have collected the CCTV footage recorder to verify whether the cameras were working or not and if it was switched off.