Saturday, July 25, 2009

Senior IPS official faces trouble

TNN 26 July 2009, 06:26am IST

GUNTUR: Senior IPS officer Mahesh Chandra Ladha is in a tight corner following the CID slapping criminal cases against a sub-inspector in Guntur
city for deliberately taking sides in a civil dispute when Ladha was SP.

Ladha was already issued a charge-memo by DGP SSP Yadav immediately after he was shunted out of Guntur last month. Initially, Yadav's decision to issue a memo to Ladha was seen as part of his war against the proteges of intelligence chief K Aravinda Rao. Now, it transpires that Ladha was shifted from Guntur only after CID brought out several facts on the involvement of police officials, including the ex-SP, in private settlements.

The CID reportedly made some adverse comments against Ladha in its confidential report sent to the DGP. Ladha was made the principal of police training college at Warangal in Thursday's IPS reshuffle after he was told to wait for a new posting for over a month.

Senior officers in the police department believe it was a punishment posting for Ladha, who faces threats from the naxalites. Ladha had escaped from a Maoist attack when he was the Prakasam district SP, five years ago.

According to sources, the CID report found fault with Ladha for not stepping in when his field officers took sides to help a powerful lobby. The CID entered the scene following a complaint lodged by one Kadiyala Indira Devi against then Pattabhipuram SI Y Adinarayana for forcibly taking them to the police station to help their opponents demolish their house at Chandramoulinagar in the city.

This incident had created ripples about six months ago as several senior police officials kept quiet when a powerful lobby belonging to a private school bulldozed a building and forcibly occupied it. The building belonging to Indira and her daughter Usha was razed by the time they were released from the police detention.

The women alleged that Ladha had also asked them to make compromise settlement when they approached him for justice. The CID booked two separate cases under Sections 342, 347, 365 (Crime No. 10/2009) and 427, 451 (Crime No. 11/2009) against Adinarayana last week. Curiously, the police sent the FIR to the local tehsildar as the magistrate was busy with some review meeting.

Meanwhile, Adinarayana has proceeded on leave on health grounds. Rumours are flying thick and fast that Adinarayana was made a scapegoat at the behest of Ladha.

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