Wiretaps: IPS officer files protest plea against CBI shutdown report

Senior IPS officer Bhaskar Rao has filed a protest petition asking the court to dismiss the closure report (Report B) filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the wiretapping case. The officer said the closure report does not inspire confidence in the eyes of the rule of law.

The CBI had filed a closing report in the case on June 30, 2021, saying there was no direct evidence to prove with certainty who leaked three intercepted audio files and how TV reporter Kushala Satyanarayana gained access. to these files.

These three files contained a conversation between Bhaskar Rao and a certain Faraz Ahmed, whose calls were intercepted as part of the investigation against a bond fund company Injaj International Associated Group. The conversation was about the position of city police commissioner.

In his protest petition, Bhaskar Rao claimed that the CBI did not file criminal breach of trust charges against IPS officer Alok Kumar despite having prima facie evidence. The interceptions were made from May 3, 2019 and all calls landed at the Technical Support Center (TSC). Bhaskar Rao argued that the TSC was under the purview of then-Additional Police Commissioner Alok Kumar. He also said that the CBI hastily filed the B report even though a CFSL report in Hyderabad was expected.

The CBI report said conversations between police officer Mirza Ali Raza and Alok Kumar, regarding the transfer of voice recordings, could not be retrieved as their mobile phones were formatted after the incident. Bhaskar Rao said CBI’s closing report does not substantiate its own findings, investigative references and documentary evidence gathered.

On August 2, 2018, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar was transferred and Bhaskar Rao took office as the new commissioner. In the space of six days, on August 8, 2019, three intercepted calls were broadcast on a television channel. The CBI report established that the three audio files, which were found in the journalist’s possession, were indeed from the TSC. The report said, however, that it was not possible to establish who had provided three intercepted audio files to the journalist.

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