Sandalwood drug scandal: Bengaluru Crime Branch raids Ricky Rai’s residences

South India

Kerala's ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son deposed before the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in connection with the case 

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police on Tuesday, October 6, raided the residence of Ricky Rai, son of former underworld don Muthappa Rai, in connection with the Sandalwood drug scandal.

According to ANI, the raids were conducted at Rai's sprawling farmhouse in Bidadi of Ramanagara district and a posh apartment flat in Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru. CCB sources claimed that Ricky Rai was a close aide of accused persons Vaibhav Jain and Aditya Alva.

According to Republic TV, Rai was seen organising parties with them in his residence at Ramnagara. He was also allegedly helping Aditya Alva, who is now absconding from the CCB radar. The raid was based on information that he was sheltering some of the accused in the case at his residence.

The case pertains to alleged drug abuse among VIPs including Kannada film actors Ragini, Sanjjanaa Galrani, party organiser Viren Khanna, realtor Rahul and others.

A few key accused in the case, including former Minister Late Jeevaraj Alva's son Aditya Alva, are still at large. The CCB is investigating the drug abuse case after the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested three people hailing from Kerala in Bengaluru, who were allegedly supplying drugs to Kannada film actors and singers last month.

Earlier, the CCB had raided five pubs in the city as part of its crackdown against the drug menace. The searches were carried out on Saturday night.

"In the drug case investigation, we have found that generally, drugs are taken in some pubs. So, search warrants were taken and five pubs searched yesterday night," Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said in a brief statement on Sunday.

In a related development, the Enforcement Directorate at Bengaluru questioned Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of Kerala CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, over charges of his links with an accused in the drug seizure case.

Bineesh had admitted that he had lent financial support to Mohammed Anoop, who was arrested along with Anikha D and R Ravindran for allegedly possessing drugs. They are accused of supplying drugs to Kannada film actors and singers.

The youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had alleged that Bineesh Kodiyeri has close links with some members of a drug racket busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Bengaluru (with inputs from agencies)

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