The case of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) P Ravindranath, charged with clicking “obscene pictures’’ of two women at a cafe in Bangalore, took a new turn on Thursday with the accused filing a complaint against the Bangalore city police commissioner and two other officers alleging them of treating him as an untouchable.
The officer filed a complaint with the Cubbon Park police station on Thursday evening against police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar and DCP central division Ravikanthe Gowda and sub-inspector MS Ravi of High Grounds police station, levelling charges of carrying out atrocities against Ravindranath who is a Dalit. Earlier, it was Ravi who detained Ravindranath and had filed a complaint against him. “The Cubbon Park police have received a complaint from Ravindranath and are verifying it for further action,” DCP Gowda said.
The High Grounds police station in central Bangalore had registered a criminal case against Ravindranath after he allegedly clicked ‘obscene pictures’ of two young women at a cafe on Monday morning. His cellphone was seized as evidence even as the police officer claimed that somebody else had clicked the pictures from his phone.
On Thursday, Director General of Police (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna told The Indian Express that the CID received the official order from the state government to probe the matter. “We have taken up the case for further investigation. ADGP (CID- economic offenses) Padam Kumar Garg will investigate the case under my supervision,” Gopalakrishna said.
He added that the government had not framed any time limit to complete the investigation and submit a report to the state government.
However, Ravindranath garnered support as Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and other organisations staged protests on Thursday across the state. KSRP personnel who had also protested against Auradkar at Koramangala on Wednesday evening extended the agitation to KSRP camps at Hassan, Gulbarga and other places demanding that Ravindranath should not resign to IPS and that stringent action must be taken against the Bangalore police commissioner and the other two officers who conspired against him.
BJP and Dalit leader DS Veeraiah and BSP party workers also protested at the Town Hall in Bangalore. Governor H R Bharadwaj expressed his discontent about the developments and directed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to intervene into the matter to settle the issue.