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Reddy's Daughter Wedding: Bureaucrat Arrested in 'Money Laundering Case'

Bheema Naik - Special Land Acquisition Officer in Karnataka – accused of helping mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy allegedly in a money laundering case for his daughter's lavish wedding was arrested by the state CID on Sunday.

Imran Khan | CNN-News18

Updated:December 11, 2016, 3:51 PM IST
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Reddy's Daughter Wedding: Bureaucrat Arrested in 'Money Laundering Case'
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Gulbarga: Bheema Naik - Special Land Acquisition Officer in Karnataka – accused of helping mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy allegedly in a money laundering case for his daughter's lavish wedding was arrested by the the Mandya Police on Sunday.

He was arrested from Gulbarga and taken to the police headquarters for further investigation.

"Mandya Police team has arrested Bheema Nayak and Mohammad from a relative's house today," police said.

Bheema’s name came in lime light after his driver Ramesh Gowda – who committed suicide on December 6 - alleged that Reddy along with BJP MP Sriramulu met Naik several times to convert unaccounted money (Rs 100 crore) for the wedding.

In his suicide note Gowda claimed that they met in a five star hotel in Bengaluru to discuss the matter. Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer Naik was accused by Gowda of having received a 20 percent cut for helping Reddy launder the money needed for his daughter's lavish wedding.

“Along with 20 percent cut, Naik allegedly wanted Reddy to help him get a ticket to contest the 2018 Karnataka elections,” Gowda’s letter claimed.

In his suicide note, Gowda claimed that he was receiving constant death threats, which forced him to take such extreme step.

"He (Nayak) had got converted Rs 1000 and 500 notes belonging to them (Reddy) worth Rs 100 crores for 20 per cent

(commission) to Rs 50, 100 and 2000 notes. As I was aware of all these things, they had threatened me of dire consequences and told me they will get me killed from rowdies," the note claimed.

Mandya Police, which had registered a case under section 306 of the IPC (abetment of suicide), had formed three teams to look into the suicide of Ramesh.

The Criminal Investigation Department is also probing the case.

Income Tax officials had visited Reddy’s house in Bellary after the "Rs 500 crore" wedding and asked him to produce details.

According to reports, Reddy, who spent four years in Hyderabad and Bengaluru jails, had returned to Karnataka’s Bellary after five years on November 1 to make preparations for his daughter's Rs 500 crore wedding.

The wedding of his daughter Brahmani was attended by at least 50,000 guests, which included top leaders of both the Congress and the BJP.

(With PTI inputs)

| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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