For­mer corporator held for al­leged kid­nap­ping


A 57-YEAR-OLD for­mer cor­pora- tor was on Thurs­day ar­rested along­with­hist­woson­snear­ar­cot in Tamil Nadu in con­nec­tion with akid­nap­ping­for­ran­som­casereg­is­tereda­gain­sthi­ma­mon­thago.v Na­garaj, the for­mer corporator, was at large since April 14, when Bengaluru po­lice had raided his house and found de­mon­e­tised notes worth Rs 14.8 crore.

Na­garaj, N Gandhi and N Shastri will be brought to Bengaluru and pro­duced be­fore a court on Satur­day. Po­lice said that Na­garaj and his as­so­ci­ates had al­leged­lykid­nappe­drealestate­busi­ness­man Umesh and ex­torted around Rs 50 lakh from him. Umesh had sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion tothe­p­o­liceon­april7,say­ingthat a gang of four had held him cap­tive along with two oth­ers in a build­ing that be­longs to Na­garaj.

He added that his kid­nap­pers had stolen Rs 50 lakh, five gold rings, one bracelet, one chain, five cell­phones and a debit card. A com­plaint was lodged on the ba­sisoft­hep­e­ti­tion.umesh­wasear­lier ar­rested and re­leased on bail along with 13 oth­ers for al­legedly try­ing to ex­change de­mon­e­tised notes worth Rs 9.1 crore.

Na­garaj had re­leased videos al­leg­ingth­atthe­p­o­licewere­plan­ning to elim­i­nate him. He had al­leged that the money seized from his res­i­dence be­longed to some Ip­sof­fi­­hissec­ond­video,he said that he would sur­ren­der if home min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara as­sured a fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Na­garaj, a his­tory sheeter with over 40 cases filed against him, had un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the 2013 assem­bly elec­tion from Bengaluru’s Gand­hi­na­gar.

Na­garaj was elected as an In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor in 2001. He has been as­so­ci­ated with the Congress, Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) and the BSR Party that BJP MP B Sri­ra­mulu had founded.

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