Former Karnataka minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law BV Srinivasa Reddy, facing charges of illegal mining, were shifted from the Chanchalguda jail to the CBI regional office at Koti in the city on Tuesday afternoon, hours after the special court rejected the bail petition of the duo and sent them to CBI custody till Sept 19, when their two weeks judicial remand ends.
The CBI counsel had sought custody for two weeks but the court gave the agency one week time to complete the interrogation of the two.
The CBI, which is investigating the illegal mining in Anantapur district on Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka Border following a request from Andhra Pradesh government, arrested the two in a pre-dawn swoop at their residences in the mining town of Bellary in Karnataka on Sept 5 and brought them to Hyderabad, The same day they were produced in the local CBI designated court, and sent to jail till Sept 19.
"The judge remanded them to the CBI custody and directed that they be produced before the court on Sep 19," CBI counsel TV Ramana announced outside the court.
The CBI did not waste much time thereafter and a team of officials led by Additional Superintendent of Police RM Khan reached Chanchalguda jail and took the duo into custody. The CBI sources said that the two would be shifted to a guest house for questioning. The defending lawyers moved the high court against the CBI court order. The outcome is not known.
The Reddys had roped in the best legal brain to plead their case and the argument lasted for three full days and stretched till late on Monday night. Supreme Court lawyer Udai Lalit sought bail for the accused on the ground that the CBI case against them was politically motivated, mala fide and vindictive. Two other defending lawyers, CV Nagesh and Raghavachari argued that their clients have a good reputation in society and there was hidden agenda to go against them. They also told the court that their clients would cooperate with the investigating agency in its probe.
Appearing for 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.