CBI special court extends custody of Reddy

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 18:34

Bangalore: A CBI court here on Monday rejected
the bail application of former Karnataka minister and mining
baron G Janardhana Reddy and extended his custody till March
16.

The Additional Civil and Sessions Court Judge and CBI
special court judge in the case B M Angadi extended custody
when Reddy was produced in court amid heavy police security.

On March 2, the court had remanded Reddy in CBI custody
till today.

The court, shifted to Parappana Agrahara jail premises on
the city outskirts solely for producing Reddy there after the
Mar 2 violence in precincts of the city civil court,
originally housing the CBI court, extended to Mar 16, custody
of Reddy`s Personal Assistant Ali Khan, also remanded in CBI
custody.

Khan was produced before the CBI special court in the
city civil complex earlier in the day before it shifted to
Parappana Agrahara to hear Reddy`s case.

Khan filed three applications before the court -- one for
bail, the other for discharge from the case and the last for
treating him as witness. He also complained to the court that
CBI was `exerting pressure` on him to become an approver.

Reddy and 20 others face charges of alleged involvement
in illegal mining, over which CBI filed an FIR in October
2011.

Associated Mining Corporation and Deccan Mining Syndicate
owned by Reddy and his wife Aruna Lakshmi are facing a probe
over alleged illegal mining under a Supreme Court directive.

Former minister and Congress leader V Muniyappa and a few
other officials are the others accused in the case.

On March 2, the city civil court complex witnessed
violence after an altercation between some advocates and
mediapersons over filming of events after Reddy was produced
in court.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court today ordered issue
of notice to CBI on a criminal petition by Reddy, seeking
quashing of the agency`s probe.

Justice N Ananda ordered issue of notice to CBI when the
criminal petition came up before him for hearing.

"Truth will prevail," Reddy told waiting reporters.
He also extended his wishes to close aide B Sreeramulu,
who recently launched a new party.

"Let Sreeramulu emerge victorious in his efforts.
Satyameva Jayate," he said while leaving in his car from the
court premises.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 18:34

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