Ponzi scam case: Reddy ap­pears for ques­tion­ing

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

bengaluru — After re­main­ing elu­sive for three days, for­mer Kar­nataka min­is­ter and min­ing baron G Ja­nard­hana Reddy on Satur­day ap­peared be­fore the po­lice here in con­nec­tion with an al­leged ponzi scam, and de­nied the al­le­ga­tions as a “po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy”.

Reddy, who the po­lice said had been ab­scond­ing, came in a car to the Cen­tral Crime Branch of­fice, along with his ad­vo­cates, after re­leas­ing a video mes­sage from an un­known lo­ca­tion, say­ing he would ap­pear be­fore it.

‘A po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy’

After ar­riv­ing at the of­fice, Reddy claimed that there was a “po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy” and added that he had faith in the po­lice.

In his video mes­sage, he said he was not ab­scond­ing and was very much in the city, while as­sert­ing that there was no need for him to flee. “I have not com­mit­ted any­thing wrong. The po­lice do not have a sin­gle doc­u­ment to prove that I am wrong. They are mis­lead­ing the me­dia,” he claimed in his mes­sage tele­cast by TV chan­nels.

Reddy, who was a min­is­ter in the erst­while Bharatiya Janata Party govern­ment in Kar­nataka, said he never pan­icked as nei­ther 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,” Reddy said.

“I de­cided to make this video to let peo­ple know the truth. I have faith in the po­lice and be­lieve that they would not suc­cumb to any po­lit­i­cal pres­sure,” he added. —

I have not com­mit­ted any­thing wrong. The po­lice do not have a sin­gle doc­u­ment to prove that I am wrong. They are mis­lead­ing the me­dia

G Ja­nard­hana Reddy, for­mer Kar­nataka min­is­ter and min­ing baron

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