Bengaluru: Two CBI officials fined for framing DD official in false case

The high court quashed the FIR against Joshi, observing that there was �not even faintest prima facie case against him�

Bengaluru: Two CBI officials fined for framing DD official in false case

Two CBI officials have been held personally liable to pay damages of Rs.2.5 lakh to Mahesh Joshi, Additional Director General of Doordarshan (South Zone), for “fraudulently, dishonestly and maliciously prosecuting him” in 2000.

After a 13-year-long trial, Bengaluru 9th Additional City Civil and Sessions judge Krishnamurthy B Sangannanavar passed the order, while allowing a suit filed by Joshi in 2003 against N Dilip Kumar, then Superintendent of Police, CBI; and B Paneerselvam, the then Inspector, CBI, Bengaluru,

The Hindu has reported.

The judge ordered on November 5, 2016, "The plaintiff (Joshi) is entitled to recover special and general damages of `2.50 lakh with cost and interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum from the date of suit till realisation from the defendants (CBI officials). The liability of defendants shall be joint and several and they are personally liable to pay such amount to the plaintiff."

The CBI had registered a suo motu case against three persons, who had served as directors of Doordarshan Kendra, Bengaluru, between 1998 and 1999 and four others, including Joshi, who was an executive producer.

It alleged that there was irregularity in the approval of a programme called “Lux Top 10,” causing a loss of revenue to DDK.

The high court quashed the FIR against Joshi, observing that there was “not even faintest prima facie case against him”.

In his suit seeking damages, Joshi alleged that the false case was registered against him at Kumar’s behest.