The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police has nabbed Aditya Alva, brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, in the Sandalwood drug case.
Confirming the arrest to the media, Bengaluru Joint Police commissioner (Crime) SandeepPatil said that Aditya Alva, who was absconding for over four months, was arrested on Monday night from Chennai.
"We were involved in a continuous operation to arrest him. We received a tip off that he was in Chennai after which a team arrested him," he explained.
Aditya, who is the son of late Janata Party leader Jeevaraj Alva, is accused number six in the Sandalwood drug case and had been absconding for four months.
According to CCB sources, Aditya was arrested from a resort located between Chennai and Mahabalipuram.
CCB sources said that the investigators were tracking mobile phone locations of persons close to Aditya and that they had compiled a list of people whom he was in contact with regularly.
Sources claimed that CCB Inspector Puneet received information of his whereabouts after which an operation to arrest him was planned and carried out.
CCB sleuths have brought Aditya to Bengaluru and he is currently being questioned at the CCB's office in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru. Police sources said that he would be produced before the special court in NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases later in the day.
Aditya has been accused of hosting parties at his farmhouse in Hebbal in Bengaluru, and police suspect that banned and narcotic drugs were supplied and consumed during the parties.
CCB sources had earlier revealed that Aditya and one of the prime accused in the case, party organiserVirenKhanna, had allegedly hosted parties together.
While Aditya is accused of providing space for the parties at his resort House of Life in Hebbal, the CCB claimed that VirenKhanna was involved in organising and driving high-profile persons to these parties.
The CCB had earlier in September conducted a search operation at his resort - House of Life - and his residence and seized several documents.
On October 15, 2020, in search of Aditya, the CCB had raided the house of his sister Priyanka Alva, who is the wife of Bollywood actor VivekOberoi, in Mumbai. Subsequently, the police summoned her to appear before them in Bengaluru in connection with this case. But Priyanka failed to acknowledge the summons and did not appear before the CCB. (IANS)