In Mangaluru city, Karnataka, authorities have suspended four police personnel recently. The accused police officers – Inspector KK Ramakrishna and Sub-Inspector Kabbal Raj allegedly seized luxury vehicles while investigating a case of fraud. The duo seized three luxury vehicles and then sold one of them.
According to the report on TNM, the police personnel were investigating a fraudulent case. In connection to the case, they seized three luxury vehicles from Kerala-based businessman Tommy Matthew and R Rajan. Out of the three cars – one each from BMW, Porsche and Jaguar, they sold the Jaguar sedan in the market. The police personnel only submitted the records for two seized cars in the official report filed by them on the case. The third car – the Jaguar was sold by them. It was a Jaguar XF that costs around Rs 50 lakh, when new.
The officers had set a price of only Rs 14 lakh on the car. Investigations reveal that the duo sold the vehicle to a Bengaluru-based businessman. They also planned to sell off the Porsche but could not do the same. The incident came to light after the two businessmen were released from jail after paying the bail and arrived at the police station to get the vehicles released from custody. However, the police told the businessmen that they have only two cars in the records.
The two Kerala-based businessmen were promotors of Eliya Construction and Builders Pvt Ltd. They were arrested after a woman from Mangaluru lodged a complaint against them with the police. According to the complaint, the woman invested money to the tune of several crores in the company after they promised a high return. However, they cheated her. The woman later claimed that she invested Rs 4.5 lakh.
Police officers suspended
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) – Vinay Gaonkar told TNM that the four personnel were posted with the crime branch at Mangaluru when the incident happened. They seized the cars but after the incident has come to the light, they have transferred both of them to different places, Police Inspector KK Ramakrishna is now posted with the Narcotics Wing in the city while sub-inspector Khabbal Raj is now with Chikkamangaluru District Crime Records Beauru.
The Managluru police have initiated an inquiry on the same. The 35-page interim report was submitted a few days ago and four police officers got suspended too. Director-Generation of Police Praveen Sood on Saturday suspended the officers and also ordered an inquiry by the Criminal Investigation Department or the CID.
That is why one should always duly check the details of the used car when buying it. There are many such scammers who sell stolen cars with fake registration and one needs to be very careful while dealing with such transactions. This is one of its kind of incident where the police who seized the vehicle has sold the car without filing the record.