Sriki, main accused in bitcoin scam, detained after hotel brawl in Bengaluru

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Sri­ki had been released on bail two months ago and his where­abouts were not known to the police. 

The Kar­nata­ka police on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, detained Srikr­ish­na alias Sri­ki, the main accused in the Bit­coin scan­dal from a five-star hotel in Ben­galu­ru. Accord­ing to Jee­van Bhi­ma Nagar police, they got infor­ma­tion that Sri­ki was present at the hotel after a staffer tipped them off that he was involved in a brawl. The police reached the hotel and picked him up for questioning

Accused Sri­ki is said to have been released on bail two months ago and his where­abouts were not known to the police. He is said to be the king­pin behind the Bit­coin scan­dal which has rat­tled the polit­i­cal cir­cles of Karnataka

Accused Sri­ki was found quar­relling with one Vish­nu Bhat at a five-star hotel in the city. Sri­ki also got into a brawl with the secu­ri­ty offi­cer, accord­ing to police. On receiv­ing infor­ma­tion about the brawl, the police have picked both Sri­ki and Vish­nu Bhat. Sources told IANS, that there is some­thing more to the arrest as the entire scan­dal is being dis­cussed at the nation­al level

The oppo­si­tion has alleged that some lead­ers from the rul­ing BJP are ‘hand-in-glove’ with the accused and have received huge kick­backs. The Con­gress has been attack­ing the gov­ern­ment over the issue and Oppo­si­tion leader Sid­dara­ma­iah had said that he will make sen­sa­tion­al claims with doc­u­ments regard­ing the scan­dal on Mon­day, Novem­ber 7

Recent­ly, the issue reached the Prime Minister’s office and accord­ing to IANS, sources have said that the alle­ga­tions are being tak­en seri­ous­ly and the PMO has rec­om­mend­ed fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion in the mat­ter. This cre­at­ed a furore among a sec­tion of the lead­er­ship, espe­cial­ly the top-rung lead­ers, and par­ty insid­ers told IANS that the devel­op­ment could lead to major changes in the rul­ing establishment

The Con­gress had stat­ed that it will file an appli­ca­tion under RTI on the Bit­coin scan­dal, accord­ing to its state chief DK Shivakumar.


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