Drunk-driving: Man who helped late MP's grandson escape from ICU held

Drunk-driving: Man who helped late MP's grandson escape from ICU held
Police have arrested a relative of the late parliamentarian, D K Audikeshavulu, for helping the latter's grandson escape from Mallya Hospital on Friday.

Geethavishnu, the grandson of businessman-cum-politician Audikeshavulu, escaped from the ICU of Mallya Hospital on Friday, a day after his Mercedes-Benz collided with a Maruti Omni at Southend Circle, South Bengaluru, injuring six people, including three children. Geethavishnu was drunk when the accident occurred. Members of the public caught him and called the police who later found 110 grams of marijuana in the car.

Shockingly, Geethavishnu was taken to Mallya Hospital, which is owned by his family and whose managing director is his mother, Dr Teejeshwari.

Rajesh Naidu, a private doctor, helped Geethavishnu escape from the hospital. He also sheltered him in his apartment for a day and arranged for his escape. Police arrested him after reviewing the CCTV footage, DCP (South) S D Sharanappa told DH. He has been booked under IPC Section 212 (harbouring an offender).

During the questioning, Naidu told the police he helped Geethavishnu escape from the hospital "because of family considerations". Naidu doesn't work at the hospital, police added.

Geethavishnu first fled to Andhra Pradesh. A special team was sent to Andhra Pradesh to nab him. But he changed his direction and left that state. Police said they were closely tracking his movements.

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