Bengaluru: Following the preliminary investigation conducted by Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Karnataka government on Saturday, May 23 suspended Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar for his alleged connections with illegal lotteries and the cricket betting mafia.
The CID had submitted its report to the government regarding the case after which the suspension order was announced.
However, responding to media, Alok Kumar has denied his involvement with illegal lottery kingpin Pari Rajan, and cricket bookies in Mumbai.
Police officer Alok Kumar was reportedly named by the CID for allegedly obstructing the arrest of the illegal lottery racket kingpin, Pari Rajan.
The report claimed that Alok Kumar had tried to stall the arrest of Rajan in the second week of May when a police sub-inspector went to the latter’s house in Bangarpet to arrest him. Kumar had allegedly contacted the SI twice over phone to exert pressure asking him not to arrest Rajan despite the fact that he was not the SI’s supervising officer.
CID interrogates IPS officer for nine hours
A day after the suspension of IPS officer Alok Kumar, the Criminal Investigation Department which is probing the illegal lottery scam in the State interrogated him for nearly nine hours on Sunday, May 24.
A questionnaire was given to Kumar after he reached the CID headquarters for the closed-door interrogation. There were various questions which focused on the nature of relationship between the kingpin of the racket Pari Rajan and Kumar, revealed a source in CID.
Sources also revealed that the former additional commissioner (West), is learnt to have acknowledged his links with Rajan but denied knowing or helping in Rajan’s illegal business.
It is said that the CID would continue the questioning on Monday too.
The Karnataka government on Saturday, May 23 suspended officer Alok Kumar for his links with the alleged operator of an illegal lottery business. The CID report had accused Kumar of trying to prevent the arrest of Pari Rajan, who is allegedly a key player in the racket.