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Reddy ‘intimidated and harassed’ by police

Mahesh Reddy claims he felt fearful and helpless as a result of “intimidation and harassment” by the Bermuda Police Service.

In an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, Dr Reddy states he was asked sexually explicit questions during the May 9 raid on his home by police investigating his activities at Bermuda Healthcare Services.

Dr Reddy, who was arrested on suspicion of ordering excessive studies with no medical necessity before billing insurance companies, is a longstanding physician with the company, founded by Ewart Brown, the former Premier.

A lawsuit against the Bermuda Police Service was filed on Dr Reddy's behalf in July, seeking a judicial review and damages for trespassing and unlawful arrest in relation to the raid.

Dr Brown has repeatedly claimed Dr Reddy's arrest was illegal and politically motivated, and was part of a five-year investigation into claims of corruption against the former Progressive Labour Party leader.

Within the affidavit, shared with The Royal Gazette by a source on condition of anonymity, Dr Reddy claims that a law enforcement agent asked him about fraudulent activity at Bermuda Healthcare Services and told him that if he did not provide a testimony against Dr Brown he would be arrested, jailed and prosecuted before being deported back to his native India.

The affidavit states that the agent suggested Dr Brown had orchestrated the alleged fraud by instructing him to order unneeded diagnostic tests, and used a tone described as “aggressive and unnecessarily confrontational”.

Regarding the police raid on his home, Dr Reddy states he “was awoken by forceful knocks on the door”.

He was arrested and told it was in relation to allegations of fraud and money laundering, the affidavit says.

Dr Reddy says he was shown no warrant, and was neither cautioned nor told of his rights. He states the sexually explicit questions were posed by officers before they seized documents, an iPad tablet and patient files containing “confidential and sensitive information”.

One of the questions purportedly asked of Dr Reddy was whether he had bought his son a Porsche.

He was later released on bail.

He states that during the raid on his home he felt “intense fear and helplessness” and was emotionally and psychologically impacted by the experience.

He says it was not only demeaning, but also unnecessary because he had offered to be interviewed by police voluntarily on a previous occasion.

In his affidavit, Dr Reddy also states that he believes the Bermuda Police Service enlisted the aid of the US and Homeland Security, and that he had no evidence of fraud taking place at Bermuda Healthcare Services.

He adds that the BPS caused the Bermuda Medical Council to inquire into the authenticity of his medical credentials.

Dr Reddy, who is the treasurer of the Bermuda Medical Doctors' Association, describes himself as “an upstanding citizen with a keen sense of civic responsibility”.

The Royal Gazette asked the Bermuda Police Service whether it would share any affidavit it has filed on the case, and for a response to the claims in Dr Reddy's affidavit.

A spokesman replied: “This matter is actively before the court at this present time for adjudication. It would be grossly inappropriate for the BPS to make a public comment before the court has had a chance to hear all the evidence.”

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Home raid: Mahesh Reddy says police left him feeling “fearful and helpless” (File photograph)

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Published September 02, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated September 02, 2016 at 6:14 am)

Reddy ‘intimidated and harassed’ by police

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