news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 20, 2015 | 12.30 pm IST The Supreme Court has granted conditional bail to jailed mining baron G Janardhan Reddy in the OMC illegal mining case, which was the last case in which he had not got bail. Accepting the CBI’s conditions, the court granted bail to Reddy on Tuesday and asked his lawyer to furnish a bond of Rs 10 lakh and two sureties. He has also been asked to surrender his passport and has been prohibited from entering Bellary district in Karnataka and Kadapa and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh, where the alleged illegal mining had taken place. Read: Have Janardhan Reddy's spiralling fortunes left Janasri journalists in the lurch? The court has also said that Reddy must not attempt to meet or influence witnesses in the case, or tamper with the investigation in any manner. The court will issue a release order once the conditions have been met. It is likely that Reddy will be released on bail in the next few days, according to his lawyer, who spoke to the media in Delhi. The circumstances that the court considered was that the CBI had already filed a chargesheet in the OMC illegal mining case, and even an additional chargesheet, that the investigation had been completed, and that the CBI had no objections to Reddy being granted bail. Reddy has been lodged in Bangalore Central Jail informally called Parappana Agrahara since September 5, 2011 and has several cases against him, including bribing CBI court judge Pattabhirama Rao. A man named Yadagiri had struck a deal with the judge for Rs 5 crores for granting bail to G Janardhan Reddy. In August, photos of Yadagiri using a mobile phone in jail were leaked to the media. The other cases against him include the illegal export of iron ore from Belekeri port in Karwar, Karnataka, and a case concerning Associated Mining Company. Read: Meet Yadagiri, a history-sheeter with a mobile phone in a Telangana jail (P.S. mobiles are not allowed in jails)
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