In a massive development in the sandalwood drugs case, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's brother-in-law Aditya Alva was arrested by Bengaluru Crime Branch from Chennai. As per reports, his arrest took place at midnight on Monday. Aditya is the son of the late Jeevaraj Alva, a minister in the Karnataka government. His name is among the 12 people who provided drugs to Kannada actor-actresses, against whom an FIR was lodged at the Cottonpet police station on 4 September. Alva was absconding since then.
Joint Commission of Police (Crime-1), Sandeep Patil said, "Aditya Alva, who was absconding for over four months was arrested on Monday night. We were involved in a continuous operation to arrest him. We received a tip that he was in Chennai after which a team arrested him."
Aditya has been accused of hosting parties at his farmhouse in the outskirts of Bengaluru, and police suspect that banned and narcotic drugs were supplied and consumed during the parties.
On September 20, CCB raided Alva's residence in Hebbal, North Bangalore. Earlier, he was issued a lookout notice. In October 2020, police raided Vivek Oberoi's Mumbai residence in search of Alva and served notice to the actor's wife Priyanka Alva, asking her to cooperate in the investigation.