Janardhana Reddy's bail plea hearing to continue



Janardhana Reddy`s bail plea hearing to continue Hyderabad: After hearing the arguments on the bail petitions of former Karnataka minister G Janardhan Reddy and managing director of Obulapuram Mining Corporation (OMC) B V Srinivas Reddy, the court here Friday adjourned the hearing to September 12.

The special CBI court is expected to pronounce the order at the next date after the arguments end.

Janardhan Reddy and his relative, Srinivas Reddy, were arrested by CBI on September 5 at Bellary in Karnataka in connection with alleged illegal mining.

Both are presently in the judicial custody and lodged at Chanchalguda Central Prison.

The CBI registered the case against the company on December 7, 2009 at the request of Andhra Pradesh government in the wake of allegations of illegal mining and irregularities in allotment of mining leases to OMC in Obulapuram and Malpanagudi villages of Anantapur district of the state.

The agency's lawyer, seeking 15-day custody of the two accused, today contended that CBI needed to interrogate them as OMC had "violated" several norms and illegal mining was worth crores of rupees.

However, defence counsels submitted that CBI had not produced any evidence to back its demand of custody.

PTI