Reddy appears for police questioning
Claims he had never absconded
Former Karnataka Minister and mining baron G. Janardhana Reddy appeared before the police here on Saturday in connection with an alleged ponzi scam.
Mr. Reddy, who the police said was absconding, came in a car to the Central Crime Branch office, along with his advocates, after releasing a video message from an unknown location stating his intention to appear before it.
Charge against police
In the video message, he said he was not absconding and was very much in the city, asserting that there was no need for him to flee.
“I have not committed any wrong. The police do not have a single document to prove that I am wrong. They are misleading the media,” he claimed in the message telecast by TV channels.
After arriving at the office, however, Mr. Reddy claimed that there was a “political conspiracy,” but said he had faith in the police.
Mr. Reddy, who was a Minister in the erstwhile Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka, said he never panicked as neither had his name figured in the first information report (FIR) 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,” he said.
“I decided to make this video to let the people know the truth. I have faith in the police and believe that they would not succumb to political pressure,” he said.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police had launched a hunt for him on 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 Mr. Reddy’s close aide, Ali Khan, who 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 on Wednesday that Mr. Reddy was absconding and that the police were looking for him to question him in the case.