Police Assn Head Shashidhar Owns 50 Acres Worth Crores!
Bengaluru: The police force is not allowed to have any union or association of its own.
But Shashidhar Venugopal, a constable who has sacked from the department on charges of a serious misdemeanour in 1986, had soon thereafter founded a ‘mahasangha’ for the police, on the pretext of looking after the police force and their welfare.
This found sympathy for him in the police force. His call for a strike by the police force on June 4 struck a chord in the hearts of the lower-rung police force. But DG and IGP Om Prakash has clarified that there was no case of mass leave applied for but only a vigorous campaign on WhatsApp and other social media had been floated.
Since Shashidhar had given a call for a ‘Sepoy Mutiny’ it was viewed seriously by the government. He was arrested a few days ahead of the proposed ‘strike’ and put behind bars under sedition charges.
He is currently in judicial custody in Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru. An application for bail is being heard in a court here.
Now the city crime bureau (CCB) is going deep into his sources of income. A person who had been sacked decades ago is currently living in a posh house in Yelahanka, paying very high rent. He appears to have avoided living in an own house to avoid the attention of IT officials.
CCB investigations have revealed that he has been in the real estate business ever since he was sacked. During interrogations, he has submitted that he had bought 50 acres of land in Devanahalli, Bengaluru north and Doddaballapur taluks between 1990 and 2000. He says that he had relevant documents in support of it.
He also said that some properties where there were disputes about ownerships being different after registration, he settled the matter. He lived on money earned from those deals and not from any unfair methods, he has said.
The investigation sources said that the sleuths were not convinced with his version and were going further deep into all his deals and transactions. They feel that the land ‘settlements’ made by him could have been undertaken under the threat that he was a police union leader. The association has no official recognition nor approval.
More skeletons are expected to tumble out of the cupboard of the self-styled police association leader.