CBI opposes bail pleas of Reddys in OMC case

CBI opposed the fresh bail pleas of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law BV Srinivas Reddy.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

Hyderabad: Opposing the fresh bail pleas
of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and his
brother-in-law BV Srinivas Reddy, the CBI on Friday alleged that
the two were main culprits in the OMC mining scam.

The CBI, which filed its written submissions against the
bail pleas in the special court, contended that further
investigation in the Obulapuram Mining Company case was
underway, and witnesses were under round-the-clock protection.

"The role of the accused was nothing but economic
terrorism," the CBI alleged, adding that that the accused, if
released, may threaten the witnesses or tamper with the
evidence.

"These people are resorting to economic terrorism...they
are no less than hardcore criminals," the agency said.

The CBI, which is probing illegal mining and
irregularities in allotment of mining leases to OMC, had
arrested Janardhan Reddy and Srinivas Reddy in September.

Reddys` previous bail plea has been rejected. The fresh
plea contends that there is no prospect of immediate trial in
the case till the prosecution (CBI) obtains sanction to
prosecute senior IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, the fourth accused
in the OMC case, and that they cannot be detained in judicial
custody for no fault of theirs.

The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Janardhan Reddy
and four others in the case on December 3.

PTI