The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police has nabbed Aditya Alva, brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, in the Sandalwood drug case. Confirming the arrest to the media, Bengaluru Joint Police commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil mentioned that Aditya Alva, who was absconding for over 4 months, was arrested on Monday evening from Chennai. “We were involved in a continuous operation to arrest him. We received a tip-off that he was in Chennai after which a team arrested him,” he defined. Also Read – Crime Branch Sends Notice to Vivek Oberoi’s Wife Priyanka Alva in Sandalwood Drugs Racket
Aditya, who’s the son of late Janata Party chief Jeevaraj Alva, is accused quantity six in the Sandalwood drug case and had been absconding for 4 months. According to CCB sources, Aditya was arrested from a resort situated between Chennai and Mahabalipuram. CCB sources mentioned that the investigators had been monitoring cell phone areas of individuals near Aditya and that that they had compiled a listing of individuals whom he was in contact with recurrently. Also Read – Search at Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai Residence in Drugs Case After Brother-in-Law Aditya Alva Goes Absconding
Sources claimed that CCB Inspector Puneet acquired data of his whereabouts after which an operation to arrest him was deliberate and carried out. CCB sleuths have introduced Aditya to Bengaluru and he’s at the moment being questioned on the CCB’s workplace in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru. Police sources mentioned that he could be produced earlier than the particular courtroom in NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) instances later in the day. Also Read – Sandalwood Drugs Case: Bengaluru Police Suspend ACP, Constable For Allegedly Leaking Crucial Information
Aditya has been accused of internet hosting events at his farmhouse in Hebbal in Bengaluru, and police suspect that banned and narcotic medicine had been equipped and consumed through the events. CCB sources had earlier revealed that Aditya and one of many prime accused in the case, celebration organiser Viren Khanna, had allegedly hosted events collectively.
While Aditya is accused of offering house for the events at his resort House of Life in Hebbal, the CCB claimed that Viren Khanna was concerned in organising and driving high-profile individuals to those events. The CCB had earlier in September performed a search operation at his resort – House of Life – and his residence and seized a number of paperwork.
On October 15, 2020, in search of Aditya, the CCB had raided the home of his sister Priyanka Alva, who’s the spouse of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, in Mumbai. Subsequently, the police summoned her to seem earlier than them in Bengaluru in reference to this case. But Priyanka didn’t acknowledge the summons and didn’t seem earlier than the CCB.
CCB have additionally interrogated Ricky Rai, son of former underworld don and social activist Muthappa Rai, a day after his home was raided in Hebbal in northern Bengaluru. The CCB had performed raids at Rai’s farmhouse in Bidadi in Ramanagara district and his home in Sadashivanagar in Bengaluru.
The police believed that Ricky had given asylum to Aditya and they also referred to as him over the whereabouts of the accused. The police additionally suspect Ricky Rai as he’s in contact with a number of the accused in the Sandalwood drug case.
Aditya was among the many 17 people who find themselves booked in the case in which actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani have been arrested.
Three weeks in the past, the Supreme Court denied Aditya Alva’s plea to quash the FIR registered towards him on the Cottonpet Police Station in reference to the drug case.
The apex courtroom additionally denied Alva’s plea to acquire anticipatory bail. Aditya’s authorized counsel Nishanth Patil had earlier filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Karnataka High Court, which was additionally denied.
The Kannada movie trade has been below the scanner of the police for drug-related offences after the police and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) nabbed a global drug trafficking racket in multi-city raids in August 2020.
The CCB police had issued a lookout discover for Aditya and two different accused who had been on the run since September 21. Aditya, as an alternative of in search of bail from the courtroom, had approached the excessive courtroom in search of the cancellation of the FIR lodged towards him.
The CCB has now efficiently nabbed Alva and Kannada movie producer Shivaprakash Chippi in a niche of simply two days whereas they’re but to nab Sheik Faazil – one other prime accused in this case who can be mentioned to be on the run. He is suspected to be a hawala operator who was funnelling funds to a properly oiled drug provide chain for high-profile occasions.
The CCB claimed that they’ve visited Assam, West Bengal and Goa amongst different locations to seek for the accused who’re on the run.
So far, the CCB has been in a position to collect digital proof towards most of those accused. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate can be probing a cash laundering case towards the accused individuals in the Sandalwood drug case.
The ED sources mentioned that the actors had property value greater than they might have procured primarily based on their revenue. The ED advised the NDPS courtroom in Bengaluru that it suspects the accused funneled cash procured by the distribution of medication.
(With inputs from IANS)
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