Bitcoin scandal: RTI activist alleges negligence of his complaint by top cops

Bengaluru, Nov 23 (IANS): Amid all the din created in Karnataka in connection with the charges of involvement of top political leaders of BJP and Congress in the Bitcoin scandal, WhatsApp messages of RTI activist Ashok Kumar Adiga have revealed that his complaint with all the details of the scandal was neglected by top IPS officers in the state.

Sources said that Adiga had given information on the Bitcoin scandal to Police Commissioner Kamal Pant on April 20, 2020 and Joint Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil on April 26 via WhatsApp messages. However, these messages were ignored by both the officers.

Bitcoin scandal alleged kingpin Sriki (left)

"I had lodged a complaint with you with reference to the corruption in CCB through Bitcoins by Sriki (the kingpin of the Bitcoin sandal Srikrishna a.k.a Sriki). You neglected my complaint and I had to register it with the FBI.

"Now they are investigating it. I have sent you an article. I will again be forced to file a complaint at the highest level if you neglect my plaint," his WhatsApp message sent to Sandeep Patil read.

His message to Kamal Pant read, "Sir, I have collected evidence in three files regarding high level corruption in the drugs case. I have highest regards for you. Before I register the complaint with the relevant authority, I would like to meet you one on one."

However, these messages were neglected by both the officers.

Adiga also met the DCP and shared information about CCB officials taking 12,900 Bitcoins from Sriki with whale alerts, sources said.

Adiga had submitted his complaints to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) following Karnataka police officers' apathy towards his complaints.

The accusations included charges of encashing 12,900 Bitcoins when accused Sriki was in police custody. He alleged the involvement of 17 persons in the scandal involving thousands of crores of rupees.

By the time the police arrested Sriki in December 2020, Adiga had given information about his involvement in the scandal. He had also told the police that Sriki had hacked the website of Bitcoin and illegally transferred thousands of Bitcoins to his wallet.

Adiga had also informed top police officers about a case registered in Amsterdam against Sriki and the National Police Corps (NPC) launching a hunt for him. The team is looking for certain unique identification numbers of every Bitcoin, and he had collected certain information on this. He had also told the police that he would approach the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in this matter.

According to sources, Adiga has told the police that he had got three files from Amsterdam and two from the US in connection with the Bitcoin scandal.

The revelation has rattled the police department. It is to be seen how things are going to turn out as allegations have surfaced against Kamal Pant and Sandeep Patil, both of whom are said to be close to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.






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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, Nov 24 2021

    Looti gang bjpee will divert bitcoin scam issue soon....will announce terror alert...all chendi chors

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Nothing can work properly if there is no transparency and accountablility.///The British Raj unaccountable IAS & IPS needs to be scrapped. It is close to impossible to sack them due to the Constitutional protection given to them to operate without fear or favour. Unfortunately, they abuse this provision and engage in loot and highhandedness./// All hearings of all these bodies need to be a/v recorded with transcripts and compulsorily made public . ////The Judiciary and lawyers need to be the harbingers of reform by first looking inward at how transparent and accountable their own systems are./// Civilised law abiding citizens who do not have or consider it unethical to abuse influence, money , muscle(includes mob mentality) power need to meet at regular intervals and share the problems faced by each of them, not their personal problems but the systemic problems with the autocratic, opaque and unaccountable “system”. One by one, they should then work out democratic solutions to improve the problems faced. ///The PCA and the Human Rights Commission are both a farce and are non-functional except for enjoying on tax-payer money.///Sending Whatsapp communication to officials on their official sim card numbers is an official means of communication.////Police need to be paid at par with intl. Standards and equipped and trained using modern scientific methods./// The scores of IPS - DGP this and DGP that, CP this and CP that,SP this and SP that, sitting in their respective headquarters don’t care a damn to improve the administration and governance./// Sack Kamal Pant, Sandeep Patil and the DGP for their ineptitude/// The buck must stop at the table of the boss. Watch how things then begin to improve./// If Reliance or Infosys do not deliver results, the CEO will be sacked.///Say no to the farce called Socialism and “serving the people”.// Work professionally,deliver results or ship out.

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  • John pinto, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Whatzapp is not the place to complain. Nobody takes whatzapp seriously

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  • Abdul, dubai

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    All babus including higher level cops and administrators are BJP followers .. Nobody should expect anything clean and corruption free...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    It is because of ignoring complaints at lower and higher levels that illegal things and corruption thrives. If a complaint is not addressed properly, there should be an effective mechanism to hold officials accountable for negligence. In a short time complaints against IAS and police will be monitored by a nodal team which will be appointed by the chief justice of the state high court. If anybody in the forum knows about existing mechanism (without going to court - as the procedure would be tedious and costly)do enlighten readers about this.( N.B.The police complaint authority is only on paper)

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