In a serious twist to the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment rip-off, key accused Rudragowda Patil wrote a letter to the Karnataka Lokayukta accusing the investigating officer — Deputy Superintendent of Police in Felony Investigating Division (CID) Shankargowda Patil — of taking ₹76 lakh as a part of a requirement for a bribe of ₹3 crore.
The letter, a duplicate of which is with The Hindu, has been despatched to the Lokayukta together with a pen drive that accommodates an audio clip of a purported dialog between the accused and the CID officer.
“Shankargowda Patil, DySP and the investigating officer in the case, had demanded ₹3 crore for giving me relief in the case. I had refused to pay that much of money. He insisted that I pay the sum he demanded or face serious consequences. I arranged ₹76,00,000, which I handed over to him through my relative Srikanth, along with a promise to hand over the remaining amount after I was released on bail,” Rudragowda Patil alleged within the letter.
He additional accused Mr. Shankargowda of pressuring him to pay the remaining ₹2,24,00,000, and threatening to file many First Info Studies (FIRs) in opposition to him. “The audio recording of the conversation between me and Shankargowda Patil is attached with the letter. I request legal action against this corrupt officer,” Rudragowda wrote within the letter.
Copies of the letter have been marked to Further Director Basic of Police (CID), Police Commissioner of Kalaburagi, Further Director Basic of Police (Legislation and Order) Alok Kumar, Dwelling Minister Araga Jnanendra, and ‘all media friends’.
Hours earlier than Rudragowda surrendered earlier than a courtroom in Kalaburagi on January 23 in reference to a case of him pushing the CID officers who had come to his residence to arrest him and escaping from their clutches, a video clip of him describing the sequence of occasions that unfolded because the Enforcement Directorate sleuths raided his residence on January 19 was uploaded on R.D. Patil Yuva Brigade, Afzalpur Fb web page. In that video, Rudragowda addressed the media and likewise levelled the identical bribery allegation in opposition to DySP Shankargowda Patil. He confirmed receipts for the registered posts by means of which he despatched his criticism in opposition to DySP Shankargowda Patil to Lokayukta and different senior officers.
DySP Shankargowda Patil responds to allegations of demanding bribe
DySP Shankargowda Patil dismissed the allegations saying they’re an try and mentally weaken him and get him faraway from the investigation group.
“It is an absolutely false allegation. He [Rudragowda] wants me and my team to go out of the investigation of the PSI recruitment scam. We are thoroughly investigating the case and getting everybody involved in the case. As many as 20 candidates who had joined hands with him have so far been brought to justice. Our investigating methodology is scientific and our local knowledge is helping us get to the bottom of the case. He knows that all his misdeeds, not just in the PSI recruitment examination but also in other recruitment examinations, such as those conducted for SDA and FDA, would come out if I continue to investigate the case. More FIRs against him would lead to invoking stringent Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act, 2000 against him. In order to avoid this, he wants us to go out of the investigating team so that he would manage the new team,” DySP Shankargowda Patil instructed The Hindu.
When requested concerning the audio clip that Rudragowda connected together with his criticism to the Lokayukta, DySP Shankargowda Patil admitted its authenticity by stating that the dialog was recorded within the second week of July 2022 when the accused was being questioned in CID custody.
“It was recorded when I was questioning him. We asked questions about the case. He attempted to divert the issue and talked of luring us. I clearly noticed it and even mentioned it in my report that was submitted to the court on July 16, 2022,” DySP Shankargowda Patil instructed The Hindu.