On Tuesday, The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) searched out in various houses belonging to Ricky Rai who is the son of former don late Muthappa Rai suspecting a connection with the Sandalwood drug case.
CCB searches houses belonging to Ricky Rai
The CCB raided the late Muthappa Rai Houses including in Bidadi, Ramanagara district on the outskirts of Bengaluru, and also a house in Sadashivanagar. The officials are investigating the links of Ricky Rai with some of the escaped drug pedallers related to the sandalwood drug case.
Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said that a search warrant issued and a search was conducted in Ricky Rai house in the Cottonpet case. The search was conducted on the matter related to that he is supporting a few escaped accused of the case.
Leads in Sandalwood drug case
So far, police have arrested Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, party organizer Viren Khanna and realtor Rahul Thonse in connection with the drug case.
Ragini and Sanjjanaa were remanded in the judicial custody at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in the city. The CCB police arrested Ragini on September 4 and Sanjjanaa was arrested on the September 8 after the police raided their respective houses.
At least 15 people involved in the case from the Kannada industry
Earlier, filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh, when given his statement to the CCB on the Kannada film industry drug scandal, claimed that atleast 15 people were involved in the drug trade in the industry.
According to the police official, few main accused in the Sandalwood drug case including Aditya Alva, son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva, and the brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi are at more risk. Earlier, the police have issued a lookout notice against Aditya Alva.
Muthappa Rai died this year
This year in May, Muthappa Rai died while battling out with brain cancer in Bengaluru. He died at the age of 68 years and also a former bank clerk from Mangaluru and once was one of the notorious gangsters in the history of crimes in Bengaluru and Mangaluru. He was extradited from Dubai in 2002 and acquitted more than a dozen cases in Karnataka in the subsequent years.
After years later, Rai reformed and founded a non-profit organization ‘Jaya Karnataka’. Then he became a realtor and entrepreneur.