A protest was held in Coimbatore under the leadership of BJP state president Annamalai to condemn the DMK government’s lax approach to law and order in Tamil Nadu and the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party executives and activists.
Speaking at the protest, Annamalai (at 2:02:40) said, “I don’t know if the Chief Minister knows the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In my life, in 11 years which is 5000 days, I have filed more than 2 lakh Indian Penal Code cases.”
Did he register 2 lakh cases?
Annamalai’s claim that he has registered 2 lakh cases is currently under criticism.
The total of 11 years comes to 4,015 days, but he stated that he worked for 5,000 days.
Next, he was selected as IPS and joined the police service in 2011. He started working as ASP in the Karkala district in Karnataka as his first assignment.
He has been working as SP of Udupi district of Karnataka from January 2015 to August 2016, and SP of Chikkamagalur district till October 2018. Subsequently, in May 2019, he resigned from his post while serving as Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Bangalore South.
So, from 2011 to 2019, Annamalai has been in IPS service only for 9 years (9th year is incomplete). Also, in an interview given by Annamalai in 2019, he said, “I worked as IPS for almost nine years”. So his claim that he was in police service for 11 years is incorrect.
Next, he claims to have registered 2 lakh IPC cases. So, we searched NCRB data on IPC Crime cases reported in Karnataka.
After Annamalai joined IPS, in the state of Karnataka where he worked, a total of 1,37,600 IPC cases were registered in 2011, 1,34,021 IPC cases in 2012, 1,36,689 cases in 2013, 1,37,338 cases in 2014, 1,38,847 cases in 2015, 1,48,402 cases in 2016, 1,46,354 cases in 2017, 1,26,534 cases in 2018 and 1,20,165 cases in 2019, according to NCRB data.
According to NCRB data, a total of 12,25,950 IPC cases have been registered in the state of Karnataka between 2011 and 2019 which reduces even more when split up into districts whoch are 31 in number. Therefore, we also looked for the number of IPC crime cases reported district-wise where Annamalai worked.
According to data from the Karnataka State Crime Archives, “A total of 2,617 IPC cases were registered in Udupi district where Annamalai worked in 2015 and a total of 2,529 IPC cases in 2016. 2,684 cases have been reported in Chikkamagalur district where he worked in 2017 and 2404 cases in 2018”. In 2019, 27,251 IPC cases were registered across Bangalore city. But Annamalai was Deputy Commissioner only for the southern part of Bangalore city.
Based on this data, only 2,000 to 3,000 IPC crime cases are reported annually in the districts where Annamalai worked. Annamalai’s claim that he has registered more than 2 lakh IPC cases in his life is known to be false, while the cases registered in the districts where he worked did not exceed approximately 20,000.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu BJP President Annamalai, who spoke at a women’s college in Madurai in May 2022, came under criticism when he said that he has read 20,000 books.
In this case, Annamalai’s false claim that he has registered more than 2 lakh IPC cases in his service of 11 years which is 5000 days is also being criticized.