Filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh has alleged that he has been mentally tortured by the CCB police. The journalist was recently arrested by the CCB police for cheating on Ashok Kheni, the Managing Director of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE). Addressing the reporters at the Bangalore Press Club after getting the bail, he slammed Kheni's claims of cheating him.
He said, "When I was on the road, CCB police attacked me and arrested me. This is a civil case, which is not related to CCB. CCB is meant to arrest rowdies and thieves. If they had asked me, I would have gone directly to station. But they wanted to insult me on the road in front of the public."
"I am a journalist. My duty is to write against the system and ruling party. The by-elections are to be held within two months. I have carried many articles against the ruling BJP. To avenge this, I have been tortured mentally and insulted in front of the public. The ruling BJP is behind this act."
Indrajit's lawyer Ponnanna, who was also present at the press club, said that Gurumurthy, chief reporter of Lankesh, has also helped in arresting Indrajit, which indicates that there is a big political game behind all this issue.
Indrajit was produced before a Metropolitan magistrate at 4 pm on Saturday. Justice Narayanacharya issued him bail receiving one lakh rupees bond. He was also told that he should be present before the police, whenever they call him.
Ashok Kheni had complained against Indrajit. He said in the complaint that he had taken Rs.15 crores promising him three movies. Since it is a civil issue, Indrajit has not committed any crime, said Indrajit's lawyer. Earlier, Indrajit had complained against Kheni of cheque bounce, which is still going.