Janardhana Reddy appears before police
Mining baron surrenders before Central Crime Branch cops; condemns K’taka govt
Bengaluru: After remaining elusive for three days, mining baron and former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy appeared before the police on Saturday. Reddy is under the scanner after his name emerged during the probe of a multi-crore ponzi scam. He allegedly received 57 kg of gold to help a businessman being investigated by the ED.
AFTER remaining elusive for three days, mining baron and former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy appeared before the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Saturday evening. Reddy is under the scanner after his name emerged during the probe of a multi-crore ponzi scam. He was interrogated about him allegedly receiving 57 kg of gold worth `18 crore to help a businessman in the case being investigated by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED).
“I have been targeted by current government and police and political pressure is behind the conspiracy against me. I have faith in the judiciary and I have done nothing wrong,” Reddy told media before entering the office.
Earlier in the day, Reddy appeared in a video with his legal counsel and stated that he was not on the run. But it is said that he was holed up in a house near Raichur and came to the city after the police issued a notice.
According to Alok Kumar, IGP of the CCB, Reddy was interrogated about his alleged links to a case involving Ambidant group, which is accused of running a ponzi scheme and duping hundreds of customers. Kumar said Reddy had not been arrested. “We are verifying facts and based on this further action will be initiated,” he said.
CCB sources said that the questioning was carried out by ACP Venkatesh Prasanna and DCP Girish at the headquarters in Chamarajpet from around 4pm. Reddy, surrounded by his legal counsel, came to the premises in a car and CCB officials also produced Syed Ahmed Fareed, the Managing Director of Ambidant group. Both Reddy and Fareed were made to sit together during the questioning where the former gave a three-page explanation about the case.
Reddy reportedly told CCB that he had met Fareed only at an event and had no business dealings with him. His answers were recorded on video by CCB and it is likely that he would be questioned over the weekend.
Earlier, Reddy, through his lawyer, had made a statement in which he had said that the CCB summons was handed over to him only on Friday asking him to appear on Sunday.
In the video, Chandrashekar RP, a lawyer, speaks on behalf of Reddy and says that the CCB was misleading the public and media by stating that Reddy was absconding in Telangana and other states. “The CCB police did not mention Reddy’s name in the FIR till Friday. They have not shown any kind of evidence against him so far and have misled the media by saying that he is absconding,” Chandrashekar says on behalf of Reddy.
G Janardhana Reddy arriving at CCB office in Bengaluru |