A day after former Karnataka Tourism Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy was named by Bengaluru’s CCB (City Crime Branch) in the illegal Ponzi Scam link, Republic TV has accessed an exclusive video showing the interrogation being carried by CCB ACP Venkatesh Prasanna in the hotel room where the alleged deal was made. Fareed Ahmed, the accused businessman who started Ambidant Marketing private limited in Bengaluru, and Gali Janardhan Reddy, had held a meeting at the hotel in which the former BJP leader allegedly demanded 18 crore rupees from Fareed to quash a case pending against him before the ED, using his sources.
In the video accessed by Republic TV, the investigation team headed by ACP Venkatesh Prasanna is seen with Ponzi scam accused Fareed, who is guiding them towards the room where the deal took place. On being questioned by the officer about the names of the members present during that meeting, accused Fareed stated that Brijesh Reddy (a realtor), Gali Janardhan Reddy, Ali Khan (Gali Janardhan Reddy’s close aide) and Faisal were present during the meeting along with him.
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Fareed: Faisal, Brijesh Reddy, Janardhan Reddy and Ali Khan were there…
Meanwhile, Republic TV has also accessed visuals that raise the question of how the scam could take place, given that senior politicians had been photographed with the accused. One such photograph of the accused in the scam, also features top political leaders including Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao and former state Home Minister and Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy.
Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy has posted a tweet stating that he is not connected with the accused and the case as he attended the event as a minister only:
“I do not have any relationship with Ambidant. That organization invited me to the mobile release program. I just attended the event as a minister. Many people are invited to my program because of being a minister,” reads the tweet that was posted in Kannada on November 8.
Additionally, in yet another exclusive video accessed by Republic TV from the residence of Gali Janardhan Reddy in Molakalmuru in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district where CCB was carrying raid in the lookout for details on the whereabouts of the absconded Reddy, BJP MLA Sriramulu, who is apparently a close aide to Janardhan Reddy, was seen strolling inside the house, as he was talking over the phone -- a clear breach of protocol. This has come to light after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa on November 7 had said that the party has no role to play in the matter and that the law would take its own course in the case.
"Whoever has committed the crime, law will take action. We dont have any objection. There is no connection to the Ballari elections, as per the law any action that needs to be taken will be taken," former Karnataka CM and BJP leader BS Yeddyruppa said.
Following the videos and photograph coming to light, Republic TV got in touch with Janardhan Reddy’s counsel Chandrashekhar, who denied all the allegations against the former BJP leader, maintaining that Reddy has been falsely accused in the case and he is prepared to face the CCB. While the advocate did not give out the whereabouts of Janardhan Reddy, he revealed that the Karnataka minister will be filing an anticipatory bail plea in front of the court in the case:
"My client is in a regular place of his work, where should be. That is not the issue. The issue is, since yesterday morning, for the first time when the investigation was done by the police against the Ambidant Marketing private limited, not even once the name of Mr Gali Janardhan Reddy came out within two years. Only yesterday morning, this utter shock and surprise came when his name came out in the media and the CCB went to hold a press report, making up some stray allegations and linking him up with this case, which is supposedly a cheating case, done by this Ambidant Marketing private limited company. And suddenly after two years, coming up with some photograph, where the owner of this Ambidant Marketing private limited company is supposedly seen with Mr Gani Janardhan Reddy, linking him up with photograph and trying to come up with some stray allegations against his name before the media, not even before the court of law. So, he is under process of preparing himself to come up with his anticipatory bail application and to file it before the appropriate court," Reddy's counsel Chandrashekhar said.
While Gali Janardhan Reddy has been absconding since Wednesday, the Bengaluru police has formed four special teams to nab him. His phone was tracked recently to be in Andhra Pradesh and police is conducting raids in his premises. Meanwhile, the police have already interrogated two men in the Ponzi scam - Fareed and Ballari Ramesh. Speaking to Republic TV on November 7, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Suneel Kumar said that lawful action will be taken against all those involved in the case. The ponzi scam is estimated to be around Rs 500 crore rupees.