Police administered drugs to Bitcoin scandal kingpin in custody: Priyank Kharge

Bengaluru, Nov 12 (IANS): In a major twist to the Karnataka Bitcoin scandal, Priyank Kharge, a former minister and Congress MLA on Friday accused the police of administering mind-altering drugs to kingpin Shrikrishna Ramesh a.k.a Sriki in police custody and demanded a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge.

"Accused Sriki's father in his application before the court had stated on January 11, 2021 that the police officers are administering mind altering drugs to his son who is in police custody. The drug is only available with prescription and not available over the counter," he said.

When the judge questioned accused Sriki on this, he replied that he has been administered drugs by the police while in custody. Taking that into consideration, the court ordered the medical investigation of his blood and urine samples.

"The police who were supposed to get his blood and urine samples tested at the Victoria hospital, they took him to the Bengaluru Medical College and hospital. Importantly, the police have requested for the accused Sriki's stomach wash. Can anyone tell us why this was being requested," he questioned.

The medical institute says, since the hospital is being turned into a Covid centre, testing samples of blood and urine was not possible and referred it to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). The authorities wasted one full day in the process. Instead of getting his blood, urine sample tests, the police booked him under another case (crime number 9/2019) and handed him over to the custody of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Priyank Kharge said.

"In every stage, the police have worked in favour of the main accused Sriki. By not getting him tested for drugs, the police have destroyed evidence. They have called linemen for conducting the mahajar process who do not know anything about what Bitcoins are. CID investigation into the Bitcoin scandal is a comedy," he maintained.

The police have stated that they have recovered 31 Bitcoins worth Rs 9 crore. "However, the seized Bitcoins have gone to the police wallets. The information is 187 Bitcoins that were found during conducting mahajars have gone missing and it has to be investigated," he said.

"This is not digital India. No doubt, it is an international scandal. Doesn't Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who was then Home Minister know this? All are involved in the scandal, police involvement is also found. There is no judicious inquiry being conducted into the scandal. I demand a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge," he demanded.

Priyank Kharge earlier had stated that if the Bitcoin scandal is investigated properly, Karnataka will see a third Chief Minister indirectly pointing towards Bommai's exit.

Bommai who was in New Delhi stated that though he wanted to discuss, Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't show any interest and asked him not to bother about all this.

Priyank Kharge stated that the statements by Chief Minister Bommai are like invitations of settlement. "They are like, both Congress and BJP leaders are involved and let's sit for settlement," he chided.














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  • Satish, Mulky

    Sat, Nov 13 2021

    kharges are trying hard. Something is amiss. Thier own skeletons ready to fall out of the closet?

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 13 2021

    Just tell me one correct Answer truthfully.... How much Sr Khargaa worth?? More than High Command... Surely ?? Bitcoin or ButtCoin.. Nonsense.

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  • Prakash hegde, Mulky

    Sat, Nov 13 2021

    why is this person scared ? why is he is trying to defend him?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Nov 13 2021

    Let BJP get Exposed ...

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Fri, Nov 12 2021

    When chor gujju gang can loot indian banks...Bitcoin scam is no big deal for karnatka bjpee....Hindutva kathre mai hai

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Nov 12 2021

    This is a very very serious revelation and a matter a serious question about the credibility of BJP govt. I am sure all the embassies of the world in Delhi hear this serious charges against BJP. Modi is soon becoming goon leader of the world.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Nov 14 2021

    Veer Nagpur,it is not only a BJP mischieveous but a scandal of our Nation.Police are supplying drugs to accused,trying to delay his blood and urine report,so that no drugs report in blood and urine ,all lies .In ahospital normal blood and urine test must possible ,otherwise close the hospital.Modi too must be having faour from accused otherwise why say dont bother him?Such national security is in danger?ministers favour this fellow in jail,then what a poor man can do when corrupt police in our nation are there?

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  • SP, Kadri

    Fri, Nov 12 2021

    There is no smoke without fire. Greater the involvement, the run for the cover must be big. Hoping for a corruption free government in Karnataka in my dreams... All the best.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Nov 12 2021

    This is what happens if we vote for a party of criminals, outlaws and fraudsters. God save my country.

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