International hacker Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki (26) is the face of the alleged multi-crore Bitcoin scam that is rocking the chief minister’s chair in Karnataka. But Sriki, a habitual offender who claims to have hacked online gaming portals, foreign company portals and the state government’s e-procurement portal, was arrested by the CCB police in a drug procurement case. But intriguingly, he managed to walk out a free man more than twice on bail. 

The alleged scam is now rattling not just the BJP government in Karnataka, but also the Karnataka Congress. Days after AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded a Supreme Court-monitored SIT probe into the scam, demanding to know the “role” of the incumbent chief minister when he was the Home Minister and alleging senior BJP leaders, their family members and senior officers were involved in the scam, Bommai launched a direct attack on the Siddaramaiah government for failing to arrest Srikrishna. 

Sriki is also accused in the Farzi Cafe pub brawl case in 2018, when Mohammad Nalapad, son of Congress MLA N.A. Haris was arrested for assaulting Vidwat Lokanath, the great-grandson of the late Dewan K. Sheshadri Iyer. According to police, Sriki was not arrested as he evaded arrest till he managed to secure an anticipatory bail. 

The BJP has now linked Siddaramaiah’s late son Rakesh Siddaramaiah by posting a picture of Rakesh with Hemant Muddappa and Suneesh Hegde, who are known to have links with the kingpin…

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