Satyam`s tainted ex-chairman B Ramalinga Raju and his two co-conspirators, brother Rama Raju and ex-CFO V Srinivas will leave their residence at Chanchalguda central jail at 10 am tomorrow morning, when CB-CID will take them into custody for questioning.
The sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan magistrate granted CB-CID custody of the trio for four days after prolonged arguments by both the prosecutors and the defendants. The police custody will end at 10 am on Jan 22.
The court directed that the interrogation of the three accused by police should take place during the day-time and that too in the presence of their respective lawyers.
The court also directed the police not to resort to third degree methods during questioning, while the accused were in their custody. The judge further told the police that they should provide treatment/medical assistance to the accused if required by them.
Ramalinga Raju has been complaining of hypertension and high-blood pressure since his arrest and is being regularly attended to by jail doctors.
Bharat Kumar, the lawyer for Rajus` told the media that they would be moving the High Court with a revision petition either on Sunday or Monday seeking quashing of the lower court order, giving police custody of the three.
“We have applied for a copy of the order. If we get it today, we will move the revision petition tomorrow or else we will move it on Monday,” he said.
“ It(The court order giving custody to police) is contrary to law. There is no requirement for police custody,” he further added.
He further said that the bail applications of the Rajus and Srinivas, which were scheduled to come up for hearing on Jan 19, will now come up for hearing on Jan 22, when the police custody ends.
Now it is to be seen whether the CB-CID will allow the market regulator SEBI to question Raju. Only yesterday SEBI officials had publicly stated that they were ready to allow SEBI to question Raju for a day.
But there could be one hitch. Earlier CB-CID wanted a seven–day custody of the accused but the court reduced it by three days. So will the state police spare a day out of four days for SEBI?
Meanwhile, a motley crowd of Ramalinga Raju`s admirers placed bouquets and cards in front of the jail, expressing solidarity with him and praying that he gets bail soon.” It (jail) is not a place for a man of his stature. He should get bail and the trial can continue,” C Madhav said.