Fugitive ex-rowdy could be booked under KCOCA

Fugitive ex-rowdy could be booked under KCOCA
V Nagaraj, the former corporater who escaped from his Srirampuram house when police raided it in the early hours of Friday, could be booked under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA).

A senior police officer, who would not be quoted, said there were “enough grounds” to book Nagaraj under the stringent law as he had continued his “questionable” activities.

Police had opened a history sheet against him as he was suspected in more than 45 crimes, including murder and armed robbery. But the history sheet was closed following a court order. Nagaraj went back to his old ways.

“He kept extorting money from businessmen and industrialists. He was mediating in real estate disputes on the outskirts of Bengaluru. He remains a threat to society,” the officer said. A person booked under the KCOCA is unlikely to get bail.

Meanwhile, police are reviewing documents pertaining to Rs 200 crore worth of immovable properties seized from Nagaraj’s house during the raid. There are also documents about jewellery and disputed properties.

Police are also looking for documents about Rs 14.8 crore worth of demonetised notes seized during the raid.

This apart, four special teams have been formed to track Nagaraj down. Two teams are looking for him in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, where he is suspected to be hiding. Another team is hunting for his two sons Gandhi and Shastri who also ran away during the police raid.

Police have information that a few politicians had been in constant touch with Nagaraj since December 2016 to legalise the scrapped banknotes. Some politicians are even said to be pressuring the police to let him off scot-free. They argue that he would easily get bail if police put him behind bars. Another senior officer, also speaking anonymously, said Nagaraj had contacted an officer and offered to surrender before April 20. The officer asked him not to change his hideout and keep the promise.

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