State top cop front runner in trouble over his LLB degree

Bengaluru: The final name that will take over the responsibility of State Police Chief (IG&DGP) has not yet been finalised, but an old case seems to have cropped up causing hurdles for one of the front runners for the Top Cop post.

IPS Officer Rupak Kumar Dutta is considered to be one of the candidates who stands a bright chance of getting to the top cop post, but it is learnt that a petition has been filed before the Supreme Court for setting aside a high court order that quashed a cheating and forgery case against Dutta, who had supervised investigation into the high-profile 2G and coal block allocation scam cases.

On Monday, a petition was filed before the Chief Justice of India for an urgent hearing of the case against the officer. It was alleged that Dutta, during his tenure as ADGP (anti-corruption wing) in Karnataka Lokayukta’s office, pursued an LLB course from a Bengaluru college in 2009. He either forced the college to give him the mandatory 70% attendance or attended class while on duty. In March 2015, a magisterial court had ordered the registration of an FIR against Dutta and the college. It was alleged that Dutta did not obtain permission from the government to enroll for the course. The high court quashed the case in September 2016 after the college submitted that it conducted classes between 7 am and 9.30 pm and that Dutta had requisite attendance. G Mallesh, the original complainant, has now challenged the high court order, reports DHNS



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