The town in Anantapur district is famous as the birthplace of Satya Sai Baba. For the past few days, Puttaparthi has however been in the news mainly due to the fact that Bitti mentioned the place as his hometown in the documents which he submitted to the State Bank of Travancore while joining duty as a probationary officer.
Though now it is known that the papers he gave were forged, Kerala Police is interested in finding out who all helped him prepare the fake documents and why.
SV Rama Rao, a retired headmaster living in Puttaparthi, has already admitted to securing a post for Bitti in the local school. "Raghav Raja alias Bitti told me he studied in Delhi and that, because of health problems, he came to Puttaparthi so that he could live peacefully and regain his health. I got him a job as a teacher in the school where I was the headmaster," Rama Rao said.
"He was a good teacher, his father was also here. At that time, they were staying in a lodge. I directed them to an apartment and got them stay there on rent. I believed all what he said," the former headmaster rued.
It was Rama Rao who encouraged Bitti to study further. Acting on the advice, the latter acquired an MBA from a college at Kannur in Kerala. He then started working at the State Bank of Travancore where he met and fell in love with a colleague.
Reports say Bitti confessed to her that he had been put in jail for raping a German tourist at a hotel in Alwar seven years ago. His lover was willing to overlook this crime but the girl's family members were opposed to her relationship with Bitti.
They are believed to have sent letters to the bank, informing that its employee named Raghav Raja is actually a rape convict. The bank officials checked his documents and on noticing several discrepancies alerted the police. Bitti was subsequently arrested for impersonation.