Ja­nard­hana Reddy ap­pears be­fore po­lice

Min­ing baron sur­ren­ders be­fore Cen­tral Crime Branch cops; con­demns K’taka govt

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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.

PANDARINATH B

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