JP Nagar police on Wednesday registered a criminal case against inspector of HAL police station R Rajesh, who was suspended for allegedly extorting Rs 3 lakh from a habitual offender.
The move comes a day after the police department was given a dressing down by the chief minister over the rampant corruption in the department.
Based on a complaint by Javeed, a resident of NS Palya, the JP Nagar police registered a case against Rajesh, police constables Venkatesh, Dinesh and Bhimsen alias Bhim Singh and a police jeep driver.
“Javeed, in his complaint, told us that he was intercepted by a group of four policemen in a jeep near JP Nagar junction when he was on the way to NS Palya recently. They forcibly took him to Silk Board and threatened to book a false case against him and demanded Rs 3 lakh to let him go,” DCP (south) HS Revanna said.
Javeed was allegedly assaulted and threatened by the policemen. He was let go only after his aunt came to the spot with Rs 3 lakh and gave it to the policemen, Javeed said in the complaint.
The following day, Javeed visited DCP (south-east) TD Pawar, under whose division the HAL police station falls, and filed a petition. Pawar brought it to the notice of police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who subsequently suspended the accused policemen.
Meanwhile, Pawar sent the petition to the south division police as the incident took place in their jurisdiction, and an FIR was registered after the chief minister intervened.
Revanna said: “The accused policemen are absconding and we are on the lookout for them.”
On Tuesday, chief minister Siddaramaiah lashed out at the police brass for failing to maintain law and order in the state.
The chief minister slammed corruption in the department, and asked the police officers not to have any connection with anti-social elements.
He also censured the top cops for failing to make progress in several pending cases, including the murder of Rector Thomas, the shootout in Gulbarga, in which sub-inspector Mallikarjuna Bande was killed and the rising trend of people attempting suicide during protests.