Bail applications of two accused in illegal mining case rejected
Bangalore: A CBI court on Tuesday rejected bail applications of two of the accused in the illegal mining case of Associated Mining Corporation (AMC), owned by mining baron G Janardhana Reddy.
CBI court judge BM Angadi rejected bail pleas of the then Deputy Conservator of Forest AC Muthaiah and SP Raju on grounds that there was "sufficient material to show their active involvement in the illegal mining of AMC."
Also, most of the witnesses who were their subordinates had stated before the Magistrate that they had acted under threat, he said.
The two are the fourth and sixth accused in the case.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court disposed of the bail petition of Mehfuz Ali Khan, Reddy`s personal aide and 22nd accused in the case and directed him to approach the CBI Special Court.
The petition came up for hearing before Justice V Jagannathan.
On Jul 10, the CBI court had granted to bail Lakshmi Aruna, the second accused in the case after she appeared before the court in compliance to a summons issued on her on July 2.
Reddy, arrested along with Khan in September 2011 by CBI continues to remain in Judicial custody and is currently lodged in Bangalore Central Jail.
Their bail petitions have been rejected by the CBI court.
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