Janardhan Reddy gets bail in bribery case

Bengaluru: The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court here on Wednesday granted bail to mining baron and former state minister Gali Janardhan Reddy against a bond of Rs one lakh. He was arrested by the Crime Branch of Bengaluru Police on Sunday in connection with an alleged bribery case involving the Ambident Group.

Reddy is suspected to have received 57 kilograms of gold worth Rs 18 crore to help an accused in a case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Bengaluru Commissioner of Police T Suneel Kumar had earlier said, “A company Ambident, set up in 2016-17 assured investors a return of 30-40 per cent per month in the form of profits. Thousands of people were lured to invest. Initially, they returned the first batch profits as promised following which more people poured in. Subsequently, when it failed to return the principal amount, cases were registered.”

He added, “In January 2017, the ED raided the company. The crime branch took over the case and a probe was conducted which revealed that transactions to the tune of Rs 18 crore were carried out.”

Kumar further informed that it was discovered that the company had allegedly transferred the money to Ramesh Kothari, who runs a business in the name of Ambika Jewellers. On quizzing Kothari, he informed that he had used the money to buy the gold which was handed over to Reddy’s personal assistant Ali.