Bengaluru: IAS officer BM Vijay Shankar was found dead at his residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. A senior police officer gave this information. The CBI wanted to prosecute Shankar in the Rs 4,000-crore IMA Ponzi scam. According to the police, Shankar, a former deputy commissioner of the Bangalore urban district, was found dead at his residence in Jayanagar here. Without giving detailed information, he said, “It is true that he has been found dead at his home.”
Vijay Shankar is accused of allegedly taking bribe to cover up the IMA Ponzi scam. In 2019, a special investigation team was formed by the former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government, which arrested Shankar. After this, the BJP government handed over the case to the CBI. CBI sources told PTI-language that recently the agency had sought permission from the state government to prosecute Shankar and two others in the case.
The CBI also sought permission from the state government to prosecute two senior IPS officers in the case. Mohammed Mansoor Khan started the Ponzi scheme in 2013 promising to return a large sum of money. This matter is related to the same.