Wednesday 21 October 2020

Karnataka drug scandal: Big names among those questioned, raided, arrested

In a statement, the CCB said that the search warrant had been obtained. It said it was conducting raids at Aditya Alva's house near Hebbal called 'House of Life'

Kannadiga actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray have arrived at the Central Crime Branch office in Bengaluru to appear in connection with a drug case. Yesterday, the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru, which is investigating the drug abuse case in Karnataka involving Kannada film actors, had raided the lavish bungalow of Aditya Alva, son of former minister and late Jeevaraj Alva in the city.

Aditya Alva, who is an accused in the case, has been missing ever since the CCB agents launched a crackdown against the drug haul in Bengaluru, targeting those who arrange rave parties.

Cases have been registered against 15 people so far in the case and nine have been arrested, police sources said.

In a statement, the CCB said that the search warrant had been obtained. It said it was conducting raids at Aditya Alva’s house near Hebbal called ‘House of Life’.

The police team raided the house with a swimming pool right next to the Hebbal lake and searched the premises.

The bungalow is spread over four acres and is allegedly used by Aditya Alva to organise parties.

The crime branch has so far arrested film actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, party organiser Viren Khanna, realtor Rahul and an RTO clerk BK Ravishankar in connection with the scandal.

The CCB took up the matter after the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested three people including a woman with a huge cache of synthetic drugs, who were allegedly supplying them to the Kannada film actors and actresses.

Like in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput in Mumbai, the police investigation relies a lot on digital evidence like that of WhatsApp chats between the accused and an alleged WhatsApp group Viren Khanna had created to send invites to people for his private parties. 

While the charge sheet can tell if the police have a watertight case for actors’ conviction, the coverage in Karnataka has been non-stop and titillating. This is much like Rhea Chakraborty’s case, where several national television channels have vilified her and painted her as a part of a clandestine drug syndicate, says The News Minute.

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