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1. My father is about 77 years old.
2.He retired as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1980(at
the age of 55 years).
His brief bio-data: after
graduating from Maharaja's College, Mysore, in 1947, he wanted
to pursue his studies for the B.L Degree at the Govt. Law
College, Madras, (as he had a deep interest in practicing law)
where he was offered admission; but the Principal, Mr. Krishna
Menon refused admission to him just to accommodate his niece!
After a tiff with Mr.Menon, my father got back and joined the
then Mysore State police Service as a probationary
Sub-Inspector of police -the first post-Independent batch of
PSIs in the erstwhile Mysore state; he worked in Kolar dist., Bangalore
(Special Branch); and then he had a fairly long stint as a
police prosecuting officer in Shimoga and Mysore and Bangalore
city. I'm given to understand in those days police
officers well-versed with law were appointed as prosecutors
till the 1960's,and since my father had a deep and abiding
interest in law, I believe he went places as a prosecutor with
an amazing conviction rate of over 90 per cent. That was because
of his professional skills as a prosecutor which compared
favorably with the legendary Perry Mason's.
I still remember in my
childhood when my father used to read voraciously
E.Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series besides books on law,
criminal law journals. But what is important is that he
He was a versatile police officer, a stern disciplinarian and
a tough executive. He also worked as a law instructor in the
Police training College (now Karnataka Police Academy) Mysore.
circle inspector of Srirangapatna, he solved the sensational
highway robbery case in 1968 in which Maj.Genl. Hareprasad and
another senior army officer Mr. Poovaiah were waylaid by the
notorious H.W. robbers and dacoits Munna ,Manickyam and Kunna
My father was
responsible for the apprehension of one them and
later as I.O of the sensational case, he got the culprits
convicted at the Sessions Court in Mandya dist. I believe the
Maj. General was supremely happy with my father's remarkable breakthrough'
and recommended to the then IGP Mr.S.N.Hosali, I.P that my
suitably awarded. But all he managed to get was accolades and
GSEs(good service entries). Another outstanding piece of
detection work done by father about the same time was the
unearthing of a fake currency racket in Mysore which earned
him a GSE.
In the mid-70's my father
worked in the Corps of Detectives - as a DSP with Mr.Dinkar,
then S.P who headed the Fraud squad. Later on my father was
transferred as DSP Srirnagapatna Sub-Divn(Mandya
dist). In 1977, he was quelled the Varuna Canal riots in Mandy
dist. with a great deal of alacrity, courage and determination.
His prompt and stern action prevented extensive damage to
public property. But I wonder whether he got due recognition
for his distinguished service except for informal accolades,
GSEs and some cash rewards. Another reason could be that he
brooked no political interference and spared no political bigwig, which earned him a lot of hostility
from those whom he challenged.
4. It is true that Mr.
Rajkumar's family members tried to contact my father during
the abduction. As a warm, humane person, my father never
refused to meet them .But it is also true that my father had
made up his mind not to withdraw the writ-petition and to
convince Rajkumar's family that all that he was fighting for
was justice for his son and for those who had sacrificed their
live in the line of duty and to see to it that their
sacrifices were not in vain. My father also reassured them
that no harm would come to Rajkumar even if my father did not
withdraw the petition. And sure enough, no harm came to him. My
father was vindicated when the S.C allowed his appeal on
Nov.7th.He was doubly vindicated when Veerappan was
left with no option but to release Rajkumar on Nov.15.
There is another important episode which I am not sure at the
moment if I should reveal to you just now or get my father's
consent. He may prefer to reveal it in his book. Could
you hold for a while? I shall get back to you soon on that
'rendezvous' as a very senior IPS officer was involved in it
(in the last week of August).
No body bothered to contact
my father after the release of the cine-actor. Quite a few
people felt that Mr. Rajkumar should have called on my father
as a matter of courtesy. But my father has no regrets. As a
matter of fact, none of us has any regrets over
it. We are all very happy that he was released safe, true to
our hopes and expectations. It was a spineless establishment
dancing to the tune of the outlaw that believed that something
terrible might happen to the hostages, if they did not
capitulate to the bandit's
demands, until the Apex Court showed them their place on my
father's Appeal. The Apex Court even complimented my father
openly on filing the PIL. The only other man to be complimented,
albeit, obliquely, was Mr.Dinkar on sending off a message,
unmistakable, loud and clear that if the trouble-mongers asked
for it, it would be too bad for them.
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