Bheema Nayak and his other driver, Muhammad, were arrested from Nayak’s relatives’ house on Sunday.

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news Crime Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 13:41

Karnataka bureaucrat Bheema Nayak, whose driver Ramesh Gowda allegedly killed himself recently over harassment, was arrested from Kalburgi on Sunday. 

Bheema Nayak – a KAS officer with the land acquisition department- had been absconding ever since Ramesh Gowda was found dead in a lodge in Maddur on December 7. In his suicide note, Ramesh alleged that he was being threatened and harassed because he knew details about mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy’s black money dealings.

Ramesh's suicide note claimed that he knew about dealings between Janardhan Reddy and BJP MP Sriramulu, including about Bheema Nayak converting Rs 100 crore in demonetised notes into fresh currency. It also claimed that Bheema Nayak had allegedly received a 20% cut for helping to convert the money, and gave details of Bheema Nayak’s undisclosed wealth.

Mandya SP Sudhindra Reddy told The News Minute that Bheema Nayak was arrested at around 11am – along with his other driver Muhammad, also accused in the note of harassing Ramesh – from the house of one of Nayak's relatives’ in Kalburgi’s NGO layout. 

The arrest was a joint operation by the Mandya and Kalburgi police.

“We had been trailing him for the past 3 days, but his relative Arun Kumar owns three houses. Three teams of Karnataka police had been involved in the investigation and one of the teams was able to nab him this morning,” the SP said. 

The police have recorded the arrest, but Bheema Nayak is yet to be brought to Mandya. He has been booked under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (abetment of suicide).

The Mandya SP added that the case has been transferred to the CID. 

 

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