A special Lokayukta court in Bengaluru on Monday rejected the bail plea of Ashwin Rao, the son of Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao, in an extortion case where he is the prime accused.
Ashwin Rao, who was arrested on July 27 by a Special Investigation Team probing an extortion racket operating in the Lokayukta, was remanded to judicial custody tile August 27. A special court had last week reserved its orders in a bail plea filed by Rao.
On Monday the court rejected the plea on the grounds that serious allegations had been brought against him including conspiracy to cheat and extort government servants in the state.
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The court also refused to grant Rao anticipatory bail in a second extortion case brought against him.
The SIT on Monday also arrested one more person in connection with the extortion racket taking the total number of persons nabbed so far to seven.
An accused identified as Mohammed Sadiq Pasha, a close relative of the Lokayukta PRO Syed Riyazathullah, who was arrested in the scam case by the SIT on July 26, was arrested by the SIT on Sunday from a mall in north Bengaluru. The police produced him before the court on Monday and the court remanded him to police custody for three days till August 20.
SIT officials said that they had registered three cases against Ashwin Rao and his syndicate so far. Sadiq who was arrested on Sunday is accused in the third case registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by a politician cum businessman PN Krishnamurthy. The businessman has alleged that he came in contact with Ashwin through Sadiq. Rao and others are accused of demanding Rs 20 lakh from the businessman to solve a property dispute in the south Bengaluru area. Krishnamurthy has alleged that he paid Rs10.91 lakhs in several instalments to Ashwin through his associates Narasimha Rao and Sadiq but his work was not done by the gang.