Kottayam: Reports of an alleged incident that happened years ago have put Kottayam police in a bad light. The allegations are over an unofficial pursuit of police in a case registered at Kottayam East station by a businessman linked to a politician in Puthuppally here.
The businessman was seeking MBBS admission for his son in a college at Mangaluru. To buy off the seat, he had given Rs 1 crore to the college’s agent. However, later the businessman wanted the money back. He approached the doctor who ran the institution with a copy of the FIR registered in Kottayam based on the businessman's complaint. The medical college owner then maintained that money cannot be repaid immediately.
The businessman knew that getting money back legally would be impossible as he was not able to substantiate the source of Rs 1 crore. He influenced the cops and offered them commission if they cooperate. The police team, including women officials, reportedly visited Mangaluru. The medical college owner was forcefully dragged to the vehicle of the businessman’s aides in the presence of police and was brought to Kottayam.
Over fear, the medical college owner agreed to pay Rs 1 crore. Upon receiving the intimation, his family members reached Kottayam with money. The money was handed over, again in the presence of police, and the medical college owner was released. Following that, the businessman offered 25 lakhs to the officials which they reportedly shared among themselves.
Interestingly, the incident came to light and the intelligence wing probed the matter. The department found that the allegations were valid to some extent. A department-level action was taken against an official. However, no one else faced any trouble.