Bengaluru, Dec 6: CCB police on Thursday arrested Mirle Varadaraj on charges of involving in cheating and criminal activities and started investigation.

Following complaints on serious allegations, CCB police conducted raids on the house of Mirle Varadaraj at Kengeri in the city and recovered property documents worth multi-crores, sources said.

Who’s Mirle?

Mirle Varadaraj is basically from KR Nagar resident and he was a jaggery merchant. But sources said that he has been funding the rowdy elements in Kengeri, Ullala, RR Nagar, Nagarabhavi and other places. Mirle has been cheating people after getting lakhs of rupees from them showing the government land and promising them of giving sites. If the people demand money back, he has been threatening them with the help of rowdy elements. Along with Mirle Varadaraj, his close friend Nagaraj alias Depot Naga was also arrested and property documents worth over Rs 500 crore were recovered and initiated investigation, the sources said.

More than 100 cases?

Mirle Varadaraj has been facing 83 cases pending in city civil court and in the same way, 17 criminal cases and his wife Girija Mirle is also facing 10 land related cases, it is said.

Property documents recovered

When the police raided the house at Kengeri Satellite Town, they were shocked to see loads of property documents. His family has 15 bank accounts. He has been involving in land scam, hafta recovery and other criminal activities. Lodge complaint if Rama, Lakshmana and Mirle harassed the people. The department would take action against Mirle in spite of his influence.

-          Alok Kumar, Additional Police Commissioner

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NEW DELHI, Dec 11: As the Congress is inching towards victory in three big states that went to polls over the last few weeks, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said "bure din jane wale hain", taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his promise "ache din aane wale hain(good days are ahead)". The slogan, designed ahead of national elections in 2014, was the hightlight of the BJP's campaign.

Votes are being counted in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The Congress has lost Mizoram to its regional rival Mizo Nation Front (MNF).

In his poetic style, the cricketer-turned-politician said, "Bure din jaane wale hain aur Rahul Gandhi aane wale hain... kuch hi samay baad Lal Qile pe jhanda fehrane wale hain (Bad days will go away and Rahul Gandhi will unfurl the national flag at Red Fort)."

Does he mean that the Congress chief is going to become the prime minister in next year's Lok Sabha elections?

"Why not? Rahul Gandhi is going up while Narendra Modi is going down. Public sab janti hai (people can see through). The results have given us hope. Voters have laid the foundation... all roads lead to Red Fort now," he told NDTV.

The Congress leader, who was earlier part of the BJP, has been relentless in his attack on PM Modi and his party over a host of issues, including the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and farmer suicides.

"The wave in favour of Narendra Modi in 2014 that had helped the BJP come to power with a comfortable majority has turned out to be 'poisonous' for the common man," Mr Sidhu said.

The Punjab minister has also accused the prime minister of acting like a puppet in the hands of moneybags. "The prime minister is a 'katputli (puppet)' of capitalists. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs. 1 lakh, the government beats drums. But when (industrialists) Adani and Ambani do not repay Rs. 1.5 lakh crore, you do 'pappi-jhappi' with them (hug them)," he said.

He also took on PM Modi over unemployment and the centre's 'Make in India' initiative.

"When Rafale jets will come from France and bullet train from Japan, what will people do here? They will fry pakodas (fritters)," Mr Sidhu said referring to the NDA government's decision to buy 36 ready-to-fly fighter jets from France and India's agreement with Japan for the bullet trains.