Hyderabad: An inspector who was accused of rape and kidnapping a woman has been dismissed from service. Koratla Nageswara Rao, who formerly served as Marredpally station house officer, was accused of raping a woman at gunpoint and kidnapping a woman.
"A regular department inquiry may take a long time during which there is likely to be an interaction between him (inspector) and the victims and witnesses which can be intimidating to them. Therefore, there will be no atmosphere to conduct a free and fair inquiry. Thus, it is reasonable to impose a major penalty of "Dismissal from Service" on Koratla Nageswara Rao, inspector of police (under suspension) to meet the ends of justice by invoking the provisions of Article 311 (2) (b) and (3) of the Constitution of India by which justice can also be extended to the victim and her family members," commissioner of police C.V Anand said in a statement.
It may be recalled that former Marredpally SHO K. Nageshwar Rao was suspended on 9 July after a rape case was filed against him at the Vanasthalipuram police station. A case for violating the Arms Act was also registered against the SHO.
His suspension came after a woman filed a complaint at the Vanasthalipuram police station stating that Rao raped her and threatened her and her husband with a revolver. The woman's husband was reportedly arrested by Rao in 2018.
On 6 July, Rao reportedly made a WhatsApp call to the woman seeking sexual favours while her husband was away. The next morning, Rao trespassed into the woman's house in Vanasthalipuram, beat her, and raped her.
In the meantime, the woman's husband arrived, kicked open the door, and beat Rao with a stick. Rao threatened the couple with a revolver and beat the husband. He asked them to leave Hyderabad and threatened to file a case against them if they did not.
Later, Rao took them to Ibrahimpatnam. While they were in the car, they met with an accident at Ibrahimpatnam lake on the morning of 8 July. The woman and her husband escaped and she filed a case.
Three months later, the Hyderabad police commissioner dismissed the inspector from service. "In Koratla Nageswara Rao's case, it is not reasonably practicable to conduct a regular departmental inquiry as per the provisions of the TSCS (CC&A) Rules, 1991 because there is every possibility that he (under suspension) may intimidate and influence the victim and witnesses thereof during the regular course of departmental inquiry. He has a criminal bent of mind which is amply proved and he can go to any extent to threaten, influence and intimidate the victims and witnesses," the commissioner said in a statement.
He further added, "The departmental inquiries or oral inquiries are ordered upon the occurrence of delinquencies of grave nature by police officers and major punishments are given by the CP (unit head) upon submission of the findings after detailed inquiry of the charges being proved by the appointed inquiry officer."
It is to note that, so far 55 police officers and personnel have been awarded punishments, i.e., dismissed, removed, terminated, compulsory retirement, for allegations of corruption, bigamy, illegal relationships, and outraging modesty.
Dismissed from service: 17
Removed from Service: 22
Compulsory Retirement: 1
Termination of Probation: 15