Bengaluru, Oct 13 (IANS) The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police on Tuesday nabbed Ashwin Bhogi, allegedly involved in the high-profile Sandalwood drugs case, from Chikkamagalur.
A statement released by the Joint Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said that the accused Ashwin Bhogi was detained in Chikkamagalur.
“He is being brought to Bengaluru for further inquiry,” he said and added that the accused was on the run ever since the case was registered.
“After a detailed investigation, the CCB zeroed in on his hideout in Chikkamagalur and detained him since Monday evening,” the CCB claimed.
A senior police official said the accused Bhogi was one of key drug suppliers in this case, as his links with Nigerian drug peddlers came into light, when the police had arrested a number of African drug peddlers in this case.
It can be recalled that the case pertains to alleged drug abuse among high-profile personalities such as Kannada film actresses Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, party organiser Viren Khanna, realtor Rahul Tonse, among others.
A few key accused in the case, including Aditya Alva, the brother-in-law of Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi, are still at large.
The CCB is investigating the drug abuse case after the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested three people hailing from Kerala in Bengaluru, who were allegedly supplying drugs to Kannada film actors and singers last month.