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Rajasthan Govt shifts the police officer handling DGP Mohanty's case

KS Tomar, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, June 06, 2007
First Published: 00:36 IST(7/6/2007) | Last Updated: 00:44 IST(7/6/2007)

In a sudden and surprise move, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday relieved an investigating officer(IO) Virender Jhakar who was handling Bitti Mohanty parole-jump case.

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The police officials said that IO was allegedly involved in extortions and, hence, shunted out last week.

IGP (Jaipur Range-I), OP Galhotra, said that an inquiry was conducted against the inspector who was found guilty of “corruption”.

“There is no connection between the searches conducted for DGP Mohanty and the investigating officer’s transfer,” asserted Galhotra.

But the transfer is being seen in the light of recent ‘thorough’ searches conducted by him at Orissa Home Guard DGP, BB Mohanty’s office and residence in Cuttack.

Deputy SP, Mahaveer Prasad, who investigated the extortion charges against inspector Jakhar wrote in his report: “It seems that the charges are true.”

Circle Inspector, Jakhar has been asked to report for duty at Banswara, the State’s southernmost district.

He was serving as the Station House Officer of Jaipur’s Lal Kothi police station where an FIR against DGP Mohanty was registered in January this year.

DGP Mohanty is wanted on the charges of concealing the facts relating to the disappearance of his son Bitti Mohanty who has been convicted in a German tourist case.

DGP  Mohanty is also accused of harbouring his son who escaped from the Central Jail, Jaipur, taking advantage of a parole.

Inspector Jakhar searched DGP Mohanty’s office and residence in Cuttack on May 28. The same day the State Police issued his transfer order, which was received by the IGP Jaipur’s Office on May 29.

Inspector Jakhar told Hindustan Times “I had conducted a thorough search of DGP Mohanty’s office and residence in Cuttack which had annoyed Orissa’s DGP Amaranand Patnaik.”
 
While he was still on his way to home from Cuttack the investigating officer learnt about his transfer order,he said.

He said “a written complaint(which the inspector considers of dubious origin)has been made the basis of the sudden transfer.”

It was alleged that inspector Jakhar was getting monthly extortions from vendors operating from the Ram Niwas Bagh, which comes under the jurisdiction of Lal Kothi police station.

“No explanation was sought from me about the allegations,” said Jakhar.


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