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Jul 04, 2013 at 09:03am IST

Pune businessman's suicide note alleges harassment by Bangalore Police

Bangalore: Pune-based businessman Ripon Malhotra's suicide note has embarrassed the Bangalore Police as it alleged harassment by the men in uniform for money. In its defence, the city police claimed that Ripon Malhotra had duped investors and had been booked by the economic offences wing in the past.

In his suicide note, Ripon alleged that the then Bangalore City Police Commissioner Jyoti Prakash Mirji and the head of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) had harassed him for money.

He alleged that the CCB chief Devaraj had put pressure on him to pay Rs 7 crore or die. He alleged that the CCB chief had threatened to slap false cases against him and the former Commissioner and his office staff misbehaved with him.

Mirji has denied the allegation and said, "I have not seen him. He has not come to me and has not come to my office."

The Bangalore Police claimed that the Pune businessman had cheated several investors. The Police had detained him several times for questioning. The city police said that Ripon and his wife were booked by the economic offences wing back in 2007. "There are some other cases against him in Pune and Dharward," said the former commissioner.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident.

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