Janardhan Reddy's bail plea rejected

Zeenews Bureau

Hyderabad: A special CBI court here, Tuesday, rejected the bail petitions of former Karnataka minister and mining baron Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy arrested on charges of illegal mining.

Janardhan Reddy and Srinivasa Reddy, MD of Oblapuram Mining Corporation (OMC), were arrested by CBI on September 5 at Bellery in Karnataka in an alleged illegal mining scam and remanded in judicial custody till September 19.

However, the court today remanded them to CBI custody till September 19.

They are currently lodged at the Chanchalguda central jail here.

Appearing on behalf of CBI Additional Solicitor General, Vivek Tanaka opposed the bail pleas of the accused and urged the court to grant CBI their custody to get information about illegal mining activities.

He argued that custodial interrogation of both accused was necessary and crucial to get information about the illegal mining activities as both had personal knowledge about them.

Earlier, defence counsel C V Nagesh, a Karnataka High Court lawyer, and Raghavachari contended in the court that their clients have a good reputation in society and there was hidden agenda to go against them.

Appealing to the court to grant bail to the duo, they said their clients would cooperate with the investigating agency in its probe.