Janardhan Reddy's bail plea rejected on illegal mining scam

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New Delhi , Nov 17: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday (today) rejected the bail petitions of former Karnataka minister and mining baron Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law B Srinivas Reddy in the illegal mining case.

Earlier, a special court on Nov 14 extended the judicial custody of former Karnataka environment minister Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law and Managing Director of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) BV Srinivasa Reddy, till Nov 28.

Meanwhile, the court also allow the CBI to take custody of VD Rajagopal, another alleged person in the case. Rajagopal will remain in custody till Nov 21. The proceedings were conducted through video-conferencing from the Chanchalguda Central Prison, where the accused were lodged.

The CBI had registered the case against Reddy's Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) on December 7, 2009 at the request of Andhra Pradesh government in the wake of allegations of illegal mining and irregularities in allotment of mining leases to OMC in Obulapuram and Malpanagudi villages of Anantapur district of the state.

Janardhan Reddy and OMC Managing Director Srinivas Reddy were arrested by a CBI team on September 5 at Bellary in Karnataka after the agency conducting searches at their premises in connection with alleged illegal mining.

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