Bengaluru riots: Call records reveal Congress’s Sampath Raj was in touch with other accused during violence

The call details reveal that Sampath Raj was in constant touch with his aides and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leaders who have been arrested before and during the DJ Halli riots.

India Today has accessed the call data records of the Bengaluru riots accused and former mayor Sampath Raj of the Congress party. The call details reveal that Sampath Raj was in constant touch with his aides and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leaders who have been arrested before and during the riots.

Sampath Raj has been named as one of the key conspirators in the incident where Pulikeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s house was attacked by hundreds of people on August 11.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police, which is investigating the case, have submitted a preliminary charge sheet to the court naming 60 people, including Sampath Raj, as accused. Non-bailable warrants have been issued against Congress leaders Sampath Raj and Zakir in the DJ Halli riots case.

The complete call records between 5 pm to well over midnight reveal how Sampath was in touch with Santosh, Sajjad Khan, Mujahid Pasha, Yaseen Zakir, Wajid Pasha, Arun and Shafiullah. The mobile tower locations of all the accused prove these men were present in and around the place of violence on Aug 11.

However, Advocate S Balan, who is representing accused Sampath Raj, told India Today TV that the case is nothing but political vendetta.

“This is not a fair investigation. The investigation is tainted and is unfair. They have not investigated properly. To satisfy their master, this chargesheet is filed, this is my allegation,” he said.

Advocate Balan questioned the delay in the lodging of FIR by the sitting MLA of Pulikeshinagar Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy. He said it was a deliberate delay. He also added that in none of the remand applications, the name of Sampath Raj was forthcoming but in the chargesheet Raj is shown as accused number 57.

‘In a criminal case, something should be connected. Connected in the form of presence, connected in the form of recovery, CCTV footage, videography or conversation. Nothing is there. A person of that area, he happened to be a politician and an ex-mayor, getting calls from different people. None of those accused people were declared as terrorists or members of a banned organisation,” Advocate Balan said responding to the call data records.

He further confirmed that his client is not absconding and added, “He is shown as absconding, they made the court to issue a warrant. He is now knocking the door of the court, he has not run away. Legal right is provided to him under Section 438 of CrPC. Invoking that provision is a fundamental right of any citizen including Sampath Raj. He is approaching the court saying I am innocent, I will cooperate with the investigation but with the aid of the Court.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar also came out in support of Sampath Raj. “This is all politics played by the police and the BJP. They have failed to protect the MLA’s house. We have given a lot of opportunity to our MLA to present his case before the committee. The government is threatening the MLA. They have made several allegations against our leaders and I have gotten to know this as I have spoken to a lot of people. Congress, or its leaders, are nowhere involved in the episode. It’s the failure of the government and the police,” he told India Today TV.

Source: India Today


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