Former BJP minister in Karnataka Gali Janardhan Reddy has been accused of laundering black money of over Rs. 100 crore in a suicide note left by Ramesh Gowda, the driver to special land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak in Bengaluru. The cause of suicide was consumption of poison. Gowda died in Maddur.
The driver worked for a government official, who, according to the suicide note, assisted Mr. Reddy in his money-laundering for a 20 per cent commission. Mr. Gowda alleges that his life was in danger because he knew of the details of the conspiracy.
A police case has been filed against the official, Bheema Nayak, for abetment of suicide. Another driver working for the official has also been named in the case. “This is a serious allegation, the government must look into it,” said the BJP’s Sidharth Nath Singh.
Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer Nayak was accused by Gowda of having received a 20 per cent cut for helping Reddy launder the money needed for his daughter’s lavish wedding.
The suicide note claimed that Reddy along with BJP MP Sriramulu met Nayak several times at a five star hotel in Bengaluru in the days before the wedding. Along with 20 per cent cut, Naik allegedly wanted Reddy to help him get a ticket to contest the 2018 Karnataka elections.
“Gowda ended his life by consuming insecticide at Samrudh Lodge in Maddur town on Tuesday,” inspector KR Prasad of Maddur police station in Mandya district, which is 100 km southwest of Bengaluru, said on Wednesday.
Prasad said Gowda alleged in the note he was being threatened by Nayak and another of the officer’s drivers, Mohammed. “A case has been registered under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of Indian Penal Code against Nayak and Mohammed,” Prasad added.
Gowda has alleged in the note that Nayak was well acquainted with Reddy as well as his close aide B Sreeramulu, the MP from Bellary.
Last month, Mr. Reddy held a jaw-dropping reception for his daughter which was attended by top Congress and BJP leaders. Estimates of the costs for the function – which included replicas of famous temples and 50,000 guests – varied from 30 to 500 crores.
The event was raised in parliament by politicians who asked how Mr. Reddy was able to make legitimate payments in the midst of the crippling cash crunch that has followed the government’s abrupt demonetisation drive.