CBI court refuses to transfer petitions of OMC accused

The Principal special court of CBI at Nampally today refused to transfer the bail petitions of former Karnataka BJP Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and suspended IAS officer Sri Lakshmi in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case. Mr Janardhan Reddy and Sri Lakshmi had sought transfer of their bail petitions to second additional court of CBI at Gagan Vihar headed by Judge B Naga Maruthi Sharma who had looked after the OMC case in the special CBI court before he was transferred to another court. The Principal Special Court Judge A Pullaiah postponed the hearing on the bail petition of Mr Janardhan Reddy to May five. The Judge stated that he would hear the arguments on the bail petition of Srilakshmi on May two and adjourned the case till then. Supreme Court Senior Lawyer Ram Jethmalani came to the special court to present his arguments on behalf of Mr Janardhan Reddy. However, as the CBI counsel sought time to give his arguments on the bail petition of Mr Reddy, the Judge agreed for it. Before that Mr Janardhan Reddy’s advocate strongly objected to the CBI’s stand for asking more time and alleged that the investigating agency was intentionally doing this to further delay on taking a decision by the Judge on the bail petition of former BJP Tourism Minister. Meanwhile, the remarks made by the CBI counsel with regard to requisition of senior advocate (Ram Jethmalani) to the lower courts for arguing the cases was strongly objected by the Janardhan Reddy’s advocates. Responding to it, the Judge A Pullaiah said the accused, who- ever may be, have the right to appoint the advocates as per his choice for hearing cases.