Criminal Case Against DCP Devaraj
Bengaluru: The Third ACMM Court on Tuesday directed authorities to file a criminal complaint against Bengaluru Metropolitan Task Force SP,D Devaraja, retired ACP Siddappa, Inspector Punith Kumar, SI Deepak and constable Mallesh for illegal detaining and torturing a youth in 2013, reported Prajavani.
In February 2013, DCP Devaraj, who was at that time serving in the CCB, and his team of officers illegally detained Owaisi Sabir Hussain, 26, a resident of New BEL Road.
Later, Devaraj and four other accused reportedly tortured Hussain in detention following which Hussain’s family members lodged a complaint against the police at the ACMM Court.
On Tuesday, the court ordered filing of a criminal complaint against five accused under criminal conspiracy (IPC 120b), assault (IPC 323), illegal detention (IPC 348) and other charges.
According to the Prajavani report, Hussain’s advocate MR Balakrishna and victim’s brother Moin Farooq had lodged a complaint against the then legislator Y Sampangi, accusing him of indulging in corrupt activities. Following this, Sampangi was arrested and sent to jail. Farooq had even claimed that he had documents containing wrongdoings of a few politicians.
“With an intention to steal those documents, the police team led by Devraj raided Farooq’s house when he was away in February 27, 2013. They arrested Hussain and took away the documents. Later, they tortured Hussain,” reported Prajavani. “They even lodged a false complaint of theft against Hussain and produced him before the police. Seeing his condition, the judge had ordered for his treatment at Victoria Hospital.”
Hussain’s family members lodged a complaint against the police at the human rights commission. Later, the commission penalised the five accused with a fine of Rs 25,000 in October.
On Tuesday, Hussain submitted before the judge that the police had broken the door to enter the house and detained him illegally and even tortured him. Even the doctors who treated Hussain had told the judge that the wounds on Hussain’s body were marks of assault.
Following this, the court directed authorities to file criminal complaint against the five accused.
R Puneet Kumar, Vidyaranyapura Police Inspector