Shivamogga man cons bar owners’ association of Rs 25 lakh | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A BJP functionary in Shivamogga has been arrested by Central Crime Branch police on the charge of cheating a joint secretary of the Karnataka State Bar and Restaurant Owners Women Employees Service Association of Rs 25 lakh.
Police identified the accused as Bhavani Rao More. A case of extortion and cheating has been registered against More based on a complaint filed by Suresh B.
According to sources, Suresh filed a complaint with home minister Araga Jnanendra against More and CCB police arrested him on Thursday. Later, he was handed over to Cubbon Park police. Suresh stated in his complaint that the city police commissioner directed to close all bars where women served in the city 15 days ago and they opened two days later. More learnt about it and approached Suresh on October 23. More claimed that he was an active BJP worker and had contact with political leaders.
He assured Suresh that he would make arrangements not to close women-serviced bars with the help of the home minister. Suresh took time to discuss the issue with the office-bearers of his association. Suresh, accompanied by Javaregowda and Santosh Rai of the association, again met More on October 26. They collected over Rs 1.2 crore from 44 members of the association and gave it to More on October 30.
The trio, however, learnt that More was not doing any work he had committed to do and demanded that he return their money. More returned Rs 1 crore to Suresh and refused to give the remaining Rs 25 lakh saying it was his service charge. He threatened Suresh that he would ensure that all bars where women served are closed if they demanded Rs 25 lakh back. Suresh approached the home minister and complained against More.

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