The crime branch had given him 48 hours to appear before it for an investigation into bribery charges against the former BJP minister.

Mining baron Janardhana Reddy has finally appeared for questioning at Bengaluru police’s crime branch office on Saturday evening. Reddy had been missing for the last three days.

The crime branch had given him 48 hours to appear before it for an investigation into bribery charges against the former BJP minister. Reddy is accused of taking an Rs 18 crore bribe to bail Syed Ahmed Fareed, accused in a Ponzi scheme case, out from the Enforcement Directorate investigation.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar had said on Wednesday that Reddy was absconding and the police were looking for him to question him in the case.

Reddy’s lawyer, CH Hanumantharaya, who earlier moved a city civil court on Friday seeking anticipatory bail, had told reporters that the minor baron would take a call on Saturday whether to appear before the CCB or not.

Reddy said he never panicked as his name neither figured in the first information (FIR) report nor was any notice served to him.

Speaking to media earlier today, Reddy confirmed his whereabouts. “I want to tell the media, I’m not in Hyderabad or anywhere else. I’m in Bangalore watching TV. [My] lawyer told me don’t worry if there’s a notice please go to the crime branch. I have got a notice from the crime branch, I’ll appear before the police. I’ll cooperate with the police. A wrong message shouldn’t go out to the public.”

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