KALABURAGI/MANDYA/BENGALURU: Special land acquisition officer from Bengaluru Bheema Nayak and his personal driver Mohammad were arrested by Mandya police in Kalaburagi on Sunday morning.
Nayak has been absconding after his driver Ramesh K C committed suicide at a lodge in Maddur in Mandya district on December 6, alleging Nayak converted old notes of `100 crore for former minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy post demonetisation.
In his suicide note, Ramesh had listed out alleged illegalities committed by Nayak and held him and Mohammad responsible for his death.
The Mandya police team which was in search of Nayak arrived in Kalaburagi on Saturday based on a clue that he was hiding in his brother-in-law Arunkumar’s house at CIB Colony. The team, who took the assistance of Kalaburagi police, kept Arunkumar’s house under watch on Saturday night. They raided the house on Sunday morning and arrested Nayak and Mohammad. Sources said that ever since the news of Ramesh’s suicide broke out, Nayak and his family were taking refuge in Arunkumar’s house.
After initial interrogation at Ashok Nagar police station, the police took Nayak to Mandya. Police have seized Nayak’s car and mobile, and also Mohammad’s mobile. Mandya police were able to trace Nayak by tracking his mobile, sources said.
When contacted, Mandya SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy told Express that they would complete formalities and produce Nayak before Maddur JMFC court before handing him over to CID officers.
CID officials later took the custody of Nayak. A senior CID officer told Express that two officers from CID were sent to Mandya and interrogation of Nayak was on.
“It is early to say anything about the investigation. We are investigating the case from all angles, including abetment of suicide, and other allegations made by Ramesh. We will question every person mentioned in the suicide note,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, a CID team led by their top cops arrived in Somanahalli and were recording the statement of Ramesh’s friend Suresh. He had accused Nayak and his accomplices of taking him to an undisclosed destination and threatening to eliminate him if he did not return `8 lakh missing during the money-laundering.