Bengaluru sources have stated that nearly a year after a controversy broke out over recording of an alleged phone conversation between an Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) and a Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) leader, city Police Commissioner Praveen Sood confirmed, that the ACP had filed an official report alleging that the conversation had been leaked to the press by his colleague, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Sood said “A fact-finding inquiry is in the final stages and a report will be submitted to the DG & IGP soon". However, he refused to divulge more details and the issue first came into focus in September 2016 when a media report claimed that it had accessed recordings of a phone conversation between ACP (West), Charan Reddy, and KRV leader Narayan Gowda.
Meanwhile the recording allegedly revealed that Mr.
Reddy had ordered the release of a KRV activist detained at Byatarayanapura
police station, after an assurance from the KRV leader that they would not
indulge in violence over the Cauvery dispute. The conversation had allegedly
taken place ahead of the Supreme Court decision on the release of water to
Tamil Nadu. Following the order, large-scale violence had erupted in the city.
Moreover Mr. Reddy filed a complaint stating phone intercepts had been shared with the media by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ajai Hilori. Incidentally, Mr. Reddy had ordered Mr. Hilori, who was DCP (West) at the time, to release the KRV activist, but violence had erupted mainly in Mr. Hilori’s jurisdiction.