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Lottery scam: HDK reveals two more names of senior cops involved in the scam

Bengaluru: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday dropped the names of two more senior IPS officers – Arun Chakravarthy, IGP, central range, and Sunil Agrawal, IGP, northern range – claiming that they were directly involved in the lottery scam and taking bribes to hush up the case.

Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, he also said that the son of an influential person in the corridors of power and a ruling party MLC close to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently demanded Rs 100 crore as bribe from the lottery mafia to allow it to operate without any hitch.

Though he claimed he had information on the involvement of all influential politicians in the racket, he did not divulge their names. He refused to disclose the names of the influential person or his son or the MLC who had demanded bribe.

He charged Sunil Agrawal with taking Rs 60 lakh as bribe when he was IGP, Lottery Squad, from one Martin, who used to operate illegal single-digit lottery along with Pari Rajan. The police have recently arrested Rajan in connection with the scam. Arun Chakravarthy, who was IGP, Lottery Squad, prior to Agrawal, had also taken bribe, he charged.

According to Kumaraswamy, 30 to 40 senior police officers, including many IPS officers, are involved in the scam. 

Despite a TV channel conducting a sting operation in March this year, the government took no action for two months. During this period, the ruling party MLC took Pari Rajan and Matrin to the son of the influential person to strike a deal. When Martin and Rajan refused to pay Rs 100 crore, the scam gradually came out in the open, he said.

Paying hafta

The JD(S) leader said suspended police officer Dharanesh (who was then Superintendent of Police, Lottery Squad, southern range) and Pari Rajan had been paying hafta (bribe) to a minister in the Siddaramaiah ministry. 

Dharanesh was recently suspended in connection with the lottery scam. The officer wanted to continue in the post. The then Superintendent of Police, Lottery Squad, northern range, Chandrakanth was trying to get the post held by Dharanesh, he said.
“The chief minister and Home Minister K J George should now disclose the name of the minister who was collecting the hafta. He should tell why Pari Rajan was not arrested all these days.”

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