Reddy ap­pears be­fore po­lice in bribery case

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - Press Trust of In­dia

BEN­GALURU: Af­ter re­main­ing elu­sive for three days, for­mer Kar­nataka min­is­ter and min­ing baron G Ja­nard­hana Reddy Satur­day ap­peared be­fore the po­lice here in con­nec­tion with an al­leged ponzi scam, and de­nied the al­le­ga­tions as a “po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy”.

Reddy, who the po­lice said had been ab­scond­ing, came in a car to the Cen­tral Crime Branch of­fice, along with his ad­vo­cates, af­ter re­leas­ing a video mes­sage from an un­known lo­ca­tion, say­ing he would ap­pear be­fore it.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the of­fice, Reddy claimed that there was a “po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy” and added that he had faith in the po­lice.

In his video mes­sage, he said he was not ab­scond­ing and was very much in the city, while as­sert­ing that there was no need for him to flee.

“I have not com­mit­ted any­thing wrong. The po­lice do not have a sin­gle doc­u­ment to prove that I am wrong. They are mis­lead­ing the me­dia,” he claimed in his mes­sage tele­cast by TV chan­nels.

Reddy, who was a min­is­ter in the erst­while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govern­ment in Kar­nataka, said he never pan­icked as nei­ther his name fig­ured in the first in­for­ma­tion re­port nor was any no­tice served on him.

“Now that the no­tice has been is­sued by the po­lice, I have de­cided to ap­pear be­fore the Cen­tral Crime Branch to­day it­self though the no­tice says I should ap­pear on Sun­day,” Reddy said.

“I de­cided to make this video to let peo­ple know the truth. I have faith in the po­lice and be­lieve that they would not suc­cumb to any po­lit­i­cal pressure,” he added.

The CCB po­lice had launched a hunt for him since Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with a money trans­ac­tion worth crores of ru­pees, al­legedly linked to a ponzi scheme.

The CCB was also on the look­out for Reddy’s close aide, Ali Khan, who had al­legedly struck a ~20-crore deal with Syed Ahmed Fa­reed of Am­bidant Mar­ket­ing Pvt Ltd. -- a com­pany ac­cused of in­volve­ment in the ponzi scheme -- to bail him out from the En­force­ment Direc­torate in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ben­galuru po­lice com­mis­sioner T Suneel Ku­mar had said Wed­nes­day that Reddy was ab­scond­ing and the po­lice were look­ing for him to ques­tion him in the case.

PTI

G Ja­nard­hana Reddy

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