Mining baron Janardhana Reddy surfaces at crime branch office

Former Karnataka BJP minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy today surfaced at crime branch office in Bengaluru for questioning in connection with a bribery case.

Earlier in the day, he had said that he would appear before the police in connection with the case and claimed that he had not done anything wrong. Rubbishing media reports that he had fled to Hyderabad, Reddy, in a video message from an unknown location, said he was not absconding and was very much in the city.

He further asserted that there was no need for him to flee. “I have not committed anything wrong. The police do not have not a single document to prove that I am wrong. They are misleading the media,” he claimed in his message.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) unit of Bengaluru police had Wednesday launched a search for Reddy in connection with a cheating case in which he is alleged to have received an amount of Rs 20 crore – in the form of gold – to allegedly help a private firm, Ambident Pvt Ltd, dodge a money laundering case being pursued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Reddy, who was a minister in the erstwhile BJP government in Karnataka, said he never panicked as his name neither figured in the first information (FIR) report, nor was any notice served to 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. He accused the state of targetting him in an investigation into an alleged Ponzi scam, appeared in the Central Crime Branch (CCB) office here.

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