On the run for three days, former BJP minister Janardhan Reddy says ready for probe in bribery case


Bellary’s famous mining baron and former minister in the Karnataka’s BJP government, Gali Janardhan Reddy, appeared on Saturday after being on the run for three days to escape the dragnet of the state’s crime branch. The crime branch, which had carried out searches at his Bellary residence, was looking for him in a bribery case.

Reddy, one of the famous Reddy brothers, who allegedly bankrolled BJP’s election campaigned in the past, released a video message denying media reports that he was hiding in Hyderabad. He said that ‘now that the notice has been issued by the police,’ he has decided to appear the Crime Branch. Reddy said that even though he was asked to appear on Sunday, he had decided to a day before.

Justifying his decision record the video, Reddy said that this was to ‘let people know the truth.’ Reddy is wanted by the Crime Branch the owner of a private company alleged that Reddy had demanded a bribe of Rs 18 crore during his tenure as a minister in Karnataka’s BJP government, headed by BS Yeddyurappa. The said owner, one Syed Ahmed Fareed, had said that he had paid the money to a close aide of Reddy.

Fareed, who owned The Ambident Group, is facing a probe in connection of Rs 600 crore ponzi scam. The company is accused of having duped iits investors of Rs 600 crore.

During interrogation by the police, its owner Syed Ahmed Fareed, allegedly said Janardhan Reddy had met him at a private hotel in Bengaluru and promised help.

Reddy, according to PTI, 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.

Last week, the Congress-JDS combine inflicted a humiliating defeat to the BJP in its bastion Bellary. The Crime Branch raids had taken place moments after the results of Bellary bypolls became public.