HC cancels bail to Janardhan Reddy

In a setback to former Karnataka BJP Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh High Court today cancelled the bail granted by first additional CBI Court on May 11 in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case.

Mr Janardhan Reddy was arrested at Bellary in the neighbouring Karnataka state on September 5, 2011. The Court has passed the orders to this effect after hearing the arguments from both the sides. The Judge asked Mr Janardhan Reddy to approach the lower court for getting bail. During its arguments, the CBI counsel contended that Mr Janardhan Reddy had committed a seriouseconomic offence in the OMC case and also bribed Judge Pattabhirama Rao who had granted bail.

He was later suspended by the High Court and an FIR registered by the ACB against him and seven others. The agency has argued that such persons do not deserve bail and the Judge’s orders in this connection should be cancelled following Rs 10 crore, as part of the deal, changing hands. The mining baron was currently lodged in Bangalore Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara, on the outskirts of the city, in connection with the illegal mining activity by the Associated Mining Company (AMC), owned by him and his wife Aruna.