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`Krishna ignored plea to refer Telgi case to CBI'

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Sangliana refutes charges of the Maharashtra Governor


Sangliana says
  • Sangram Singh is a key witness and should be given Z category security
  • Krishna's permission was not taken to arrest Telgi
  • Krishna ignored suggestion to change strategy to nab Veerappan


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    Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bangalore North H.T. Sangliana on Friday alleged that the S.M. Krishna Government had used the fake stamp paper racket money and the day is not far when the truth will come out.

    Mr. Sangliana was the Commissioner of Police when Mr. Krishna was the Chief Minister.

    Mr. Sangliana told presspersons that Mr. Krishna did not act on his recommendation to refer the stamp paper case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Mr. Krishna, who is now Maharashtra Governor, recently ridiculed Mr. Sangliana's image as "super cop". He said that Mr. Sangliana had run away from the forest when appointed to head the Special Task Force to arrest brigand Veerappan.

    Mr. Sangliana said the retired police officer Sangram Singh, who is now in judicial custody, is a mine of information on the release of Kannada thespian Rajkumar from the clutches of Veerappan. He alleged that Sangram Singh has said that Telgi's money was used to secure Mr. Rajkumar's release.

    He said Mr. Sangram Singh should be immediately provided "Z" category security.

    About Mr. Krishna's statement that Telgi was arrested on his directions, Mr. Sangliana said: "I arrested Telgi on receiving information about his (Telgi's) visit to Ajmer in Rajasthan. I did not take any order from Mr. Krishna to arrest Telgi." He said Telgi freely operated in Karnataka for a number of years much before he became the Police Commissioner. Everyone knows why the police officers did not want to arrest Telgi, he added.

    Mr. Sangliana said he had respect for Mr. Krishna who had appointed him as the Police Commissioner but the recent outburst of the latter had hurt him. He (Mr. Krishna) has stooped to a level that is unbecoming of a Governor. "Apparently he has resorted to such talk to cover up his failures," he said.

    On the charge of Mr. Krishna that he had not taken charge of the anti-Veerappan operations, Mr. Sangliana said he played a supervisory role for four months and not five days as mentioned by the former Chief Minister.

    He had submitted a report suggesting change of strategy to arrest the brigand, which Tamil Nadu adopted three years later.

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