The judicial custody of three other accused, including two government officials who were arrested later, was also extended till June 5. All five were produced in court via video-conferencing. Meanwhile, the bail plea of Khan has been adjourned till Thursday. He will be represented by senior Supreme court counsel Madhusudan R Nail.
Earlier, arguing on Reddy's bail application, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani submitted that no prima facie case had been made out against his client. "It is not a case of entrustment of property by anybody to him. The lessee in this case is an open contractor who won his licence (mining) in accordance with the statute and government is getting rent and royalty from him", he submitted.
"Mining lease has not been entrusted, it has been entered into. There is no criminal breach of trust. I am not an agent, I am an independent contractor", Jethmalani argued. He also pointed out that Section 409 of IPC (which involves criminal breach of trust), one of the charges levelled against Reddy, was added subsequent to his arrest. Contending that offences made out against Reddy are non cognisable and non punishable, Jethmalani argued that the mining lease of Associated Mining Corporation, which expired in 1996, was renewed on Dec 8, 2003, and that Reddy became a member of the firm only on August 1, 2009.