Reddy ap­pears for po­lice ques­tion­ing

Claims he had never ab­sconded

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Press Trust of In­dia

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.

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