Karnataka Lokayukta police close in on the ‘troika’; a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation 25 July 2014

Karnataka Lokayukta police close in on the ‘troika’; a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation.
Lokayukta police have been told by several government department officials that a certain Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna made calls to them stating that they are close to some top man in the corruption watchdog institution.

They also boasted they could prevent any raid or trap by Lokayukta policemen if their palms were greased. This troika operated from star hotels where they called their prey and made demands for hefty sums. It is alleged they also operated from a bungalow in Sadashivanagar.
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After Justice Adi ordered a free and fair probe, sleuths from the police wing have started to cull Call Data Records (CDR) of cellphones belonging to some of the people working in Lokayukta whose integrity is in question

Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna: These three names have emerged as the troika that demands bribes targeting government employees across departments with the threat of a Lokayukta probe.

The ‘free and fair’ probe mandate given by Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi to the watchdog’s (City Wing) superintendent of police Sonia Narang to investigate the bribe demands in the name of Lokayukta has begun seemingly in earnest. Justice Adi has ordered an investigation specifically into a demand of Rs 1 crore bribe on Lokayukta premises on May 5 and 7 to an executive engineer.

After Justice Adi ordered a free and fair probe by Lokayukta SP, Sonia Narang, sleuths from the police wing have started to cull Call Data Records (CDR) of cellphones belonging to some of the people working in Lokayukta whose integrity is in question.

Lokayukta police have been told by several government department officials that a certain Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna made calls to them stating that they are close to some top man in the corruption watchdog institution.

They also boasted they could prevent any raid or trap by Lokayukta policemen if their palms were greased. This troika operated from star hotels where they called their prey and made demands for hefty sums. It is alleged they also operated from a bungalow in Sadashivanagar.

With this piece of information on their doorstep, Lokayukta police have started to collect more information about these people.

“Once, we collect their CDRs, it will become clear with whom they were in touch with in the Lokayukta. This will provide direction to our probe meant to cleanse the system,” a senior officer associated with the probe said.

These three are key to identifying Krishna Rao as the one who called an executive engineer to Lokayukta premises on May 5 and demanded a bribe of Rs 1 crore to prevent a raid on him, the officer added.

“Once we collect the photographs of these people, they will be shown to the executive engineer who has met Krishna Rao. If he identifies any of them as Krishna Rao the entire mystery will be unravelled, investigators said. The description of Krishna Rao given by the engineer closely resembles one of the troika. Let us wait and watch, the officer stated.

In the absence of CCTV footage available at the Lokayukta office, this is the best method to identify Krishna Rao. Right now, the cameras on Lokayukta premises are real-time ones that are preserved for a very short period of time. To avoid such incidents, we are going to write to the government to get us servers to save the CCTV footage on the lines of CISF servers at KIA. CISF keeps CCTV footage recording for a period of one month on their servers. Right now, in Lokayukta, we have cameras to record real-time, but no storage facility is available. This is the reason why Krishna Rao has yet to be identified,” a Lokayukta officer explained.

This troika allegedly operates in an intricate manner. They identify the corrupt lot who make big money in key government departments. Flaunting their connectivity to a “big man in the Lokayukta”, they approach the corrupt individuals and assure protection from raids, traps and other forms of Lokayukta inquiries if they offer them money in return, sources said.

Once evidence linking them to in-house corruption surfaces, a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation.

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By Chetan R, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 25, 2015, 04.00 AM IST
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