Rajinder Bedi, a former Lincoln Square resident who testified in the first Federal trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, was arrested for shoplifting Friday according to media reports. Bedi, the publisher of an Indian community newspaper, offered a campaign contribution in exchange for Blagojevich naming Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to the open US Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Media reports in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times say Bedi was arrested Friday, charged with a felony theft. The newspapers say he is accused of stealing $166 in merchandise from the Home Depot at 6211 N Lincoln Ave.
Bedi, formerly of the 2200 block of Giddings, is reported to now live in West Rodgers Park. He is expected to appear at a bond hearing on Saturday morning.
Bedi’s arrest could compromise his testimony in the coming Federal retrial of the former Illinois governor. His testimony has already had an affect on the political future of Jackson.
Bedi was previously featured by The Bulldog in its World of Rod Blagojevich map.