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Tuesday, February 27 2024

Lottery scam: IPS officer’s suspension revoked

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Bengaluru: In a major relief, the suspension of Alok Kumar, senior IPS officer has been revoked and he has been reinstated on October 15. He has been appointed as IGP of police training division.
Suspension of Alok Kumar, IPS, revoked, posted to Internal Security Division-1However, sources said that the Departmental inquiry against him would continue despite the reinstating order.

The Karnataka government had suspended the city’s Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar for his alleged links with a lottery scam kingpin. While investigating the ramifications of the illegal lottery operations, the CID had stumbled upon the numbers of Kumar, two additional directors general of police (ADGPs), three inspectors general of police (IGPs) and two former directors general of police (DGPs) in the landline and mobile phone call records of Rajan.

An unfazed IPS officer Kumar however had denied any nexus with Rajan and said that he knew the kingpin as a friend and considered him a well wisher.

The single digit lottery, prevalent in many districts in Karnataka, has become a full blown scam that has drawn into its web, senior police officers.

Single Digit lottery was banned in the state from 2007, but the business has been thriving in many districts of Karnataka, apparently with the support of the police at the top level. Pari Rajan, the alleged kingpin in the illegal lottery racket was arrested by the police from Bangarapet in Kolar district. After the CID apprised the CM of the possible nexus between police officials and Rajan, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah handed over the case to the CID on May 9. After being pressurized by the opposition parties, the state govt handed over the single number lottery scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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