Son-in-law of former Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Veeranna Mattikatti was arrested on Saturday night with demonetised notes of the face value of Rs 9.10 crore, the city police said on Sunday.

 

The involvement of Mattikatti's son-in-law has once again put the Karnataka congress in a spot. Mattikatti is one of the senior most Congress leaders in the state and is considered an old warhorse.

"On a tip-off, we searched a house at Benson Town in Bengaluru central suburb and took 14 persons into custody for trying to exchange old currency notes with the face value of Rs 9.10 crore," H. M. Mahadevappa, Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Bengaluru City Crime Branch told IANS.

The police have also seized 15 mobile phones, two two-wheelers and two four-wheelers from the arrested persons.

"We presented 13 of the 14 arrested persons before a court. The judge remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days. We have taken Edwin Rosario, one of the arrested persons, into police custody for further interrogation," Mahadevappa said.


The 14 persons were arrested under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code and 41B of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Section 7 of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017.


Time and again, Congress leaders in Karnataka have found themselves at the wrong end of the law. An income tax raid in February had unearth assets worth Rs 120 crore owned by a Congress. The BJP-led central government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on November 8 last year.