Hearing on Reddys` custody adjourned till Sep 23

A special CBI court Wednesday adjourned till Sept 23 the hearing on the CBI`s plea seeking custody of ex Karnataka minister Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivas Reddy, held in connection with the illegal mining case.

Hyderabad: The special court for CBI
cases here Wednesday adjourned till September 23 the hearing on the CBI`s petition seeking custody of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law B V
Srinivas Reddy, both arrested in connection with the alleged
illegal mining activities.

With lawyers abstaining from work in view of the
`Sakal Janula Samme` (general strike by all sections called by
the Telangana-Joint Action Committee), the court adjourned the
matter till Friday.

The CBI, probing the alleged illegal mining and
irregularities in allotment of mining leases to Obulapuram
Mining Company (OMC), arrested mining baron Janardhana Reddy
and OMC Managing Director Srinivas Reddy on September 5 from
Bellary in Karnataka.

The duo are under judicial custody till October 3 and lodged at Chanchalguda Central Prison here.
The central agency, which had earlier interrogated the
accused duo for six days, had on Monday last filed an
application seeking extension of custody of them for nine more
days alleging it wanted to probe details of foreign "benami"
companies where Janardhana Reddy, (one of the directors of
OMC) made and received investments by exporting iron ore.

Following allegations of large scale illegal mining
and irregularities in allotment of mining leases to OMC in
Bellary Reserve Forest area in Obulapuram and Malpanagudi
villages of Andhra Pradesh`s Anantapur district, the CBI had
registered a case against OMC on December 7, 2009.


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