Ramesh Gowda, who worked as special land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak’s driver in Bengaluru, committed suicide by consuming poison in Maddur, sources said. In his suicide letter he also alleged that Reddy paid 20 per cent commission to the Karnataka Administrative Service officer. The driver has also alleged mental torture by the mining baron.
In his note Gowda alleged that he received constant death threats, because of which he was committing suicide. The suicide note claims that Reddy along with BJP MP Sriramulu met Nayak several times in a five star hotel in Bangalore before Reddy’s daughter’s wedding in November. Along with 20 percent cut, Nayak wanted Reddy to help him get a ticket to contest the 2018 Karnataka elections. A case has been booked against Nayak and his driver Mohammed.
Reddy was in the news in November for spending Rs 500 crore on his daughter’s wedding, and reportedly inviting 50,000 guests, at a time when banks have been ordered to limit withdrawals due to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Reddy spent 4 years in Bengaluru and Hyderabad jails after being indicted in a mining scandal in Karnataka.