A taxi driver who allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday has left behind a note+ alleging that his employer, a Karnataka Administrative Service officer, helped Ballari mining czar G Janardhana Reddy launder Rs 100 crore of alleged black money+ for his daughter’s recent lavish wedding.
In a six-page suicide note, K C Ramesha, 31, who consumed poison on December 6, accused special land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak and his driver Mohammed of threatening him with death if he informed anybody about the money laundering.
Ramesha claimed Nayak helped Reddy and Independent Ballari MP B Sriramulu exchange the demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes+ worth Rs 100 crore with Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 2,000 bills for a 20% commission.
This money was allegedly meant to clear payments for the November 16 wedding. Police have seized the suicide note and Ramesha’s mobile phone. A case has been registered on Ramesha’s brother’s complaint, and Nayak and Mohammed have been booked under the relevant sections of the IPC. Mandya additional SP Savitha said the accused would be arrested on the basis of the findings of the preliminary inquiry.
In his note, Ramesha wrote 19 points detailing the alleged illegal financial transactions of Nayak, who he claimed had agreed to spend Rs 25 crore to contest the 2018 assembly polls from Hagaribommanahalli in Ballari.