2 police officials suspended for leaking Sandalwood drug case details to the accused

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As per the report, assistant Commissioner of Police, MR Mudhavi of the Woman Protection Wing, Central Crime Branch (CCB) police and head constable Mallikarjun were suspended.

 

The Bengaluru police on Wednesday suspended two police officials for leaking investigation information in the Sandalwood drug case, Indian Express reported.

According to the report, Assistant Commissioner of Police, MR Mudhavi of the Woman Protection Wing, Central Crime Branch (CCB) police and head constable Mallikarjun were suspended.

As per the report, they shared information of investigation related to Sandalwood drugs case to the associates of the accused.

“During the enquiry, it was found that both were in contact with some associates of accused and giving and leaking information of investigation in a Sandalwood drugs case”, Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), quoted by Indian Express as saying.

As per the report, the two were not in the core team of investigation, but used to get details.

According to the Deccan Herald report, Head Constable Mallikarjun had lent his phone to the prime accused in the case Viren Khanna and others, while they were in CCB custody. This had helped some of his associates to abscond and maintain a low profile

After the internal enquiry about two police officials, Sandeep Patil submitted a report to the Bengaluru city police commissioner Kamal Pant, and recommended suspension of two police officials.

According to Patil based on the report, the government suspended them on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the CCB summoned Kannada film actor Diganth again on Wednesday.

Diganth has appeared before the police twice in the last 10 days. Last week, he appeared for questioning along with his actor wife, Aindrita Ray.

 The CCB sleuths had copies of his WhatsApp chats with some of the drug peddlers and Diganth had admitted to consuming drugs sometime ago and said he had quit.

Diganth claimed that he had answered all the questions posed by CCB sleuths and said that he was ready to cooperate with investigation in the future also.

The CCB unearthed the drug scam while probing cases related to a few peddlers who were arrested last month. 

Based on preliminary inputs, the CCB conducted searches on Sandalwood's sizzling stars, Ragini Dwivedi, on September 4 and four days later, on Sannjanaa Galrani's house.

After the search, these stars were arrested and since then they have been lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central jail. 

The CCB has so far arrested more than a dozen drug peddlers and high-profile event organisers in this connection.

 

With inputs from media reports

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