Reddy is accused of taking a Rs 18-crore bribe to bail Syed Ahmed Fareed, accused in a Ponzi scheme case, out from the Enforcement Directorate investigation.

Mining baron and former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy has been arrested in Bengaluru in an alleged Rs 18 crore bribery case.

Reddy, who appeared at the Central Crime Branch (CCB) office on Saturday, was arrested after the questioning ended Sunday morning. He has been sent to judicial custody till November 24.

The CCB also arrested Reddy’s close aide, Ali Khan, in the case.

Reddy is accused of taking a 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 said on Wednesday that Reddy was absconding and the police were looking for him to question him in the case.

The crime branch had given him 48 hours to appear before it for an investigation into bribery charges.

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, who was a minister in the erstwhile Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, said he never panicked as his name neither figured in the first information (FIR) report nor was any notice served to him.

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