Satyam Raju back in jail after 72 free days

Software tycoon, five others surrender in a CBI-designated court

 Former chairman of Satyam Computer B Ramalinga Raju arrives to surrender before a trial court at Nampally in Hyderabad on Wednesday. PTIBesides Ramalinga Raju, others who surrendered included Raju’s brother B Rama Raju, former Satyam CFO Vadlamani Srinivas and three other former employees of the IT firm—G Ramakrishna, Venkatapathi Raju and Srisailam. Their surrender followed the apex court’s rejection of Ramalinga Raju’s plea on Tuesday for extension of their freedom by 30 more days to attend to urgent family matter.

As soon as  Ramalinga Raju arrived with his entourage of defence counsel and other accomplices to the court, he was taken to the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences hospital for a check up by CBI officials. He was taken into custody after court proceedings were completed and sent to the Chanchalguda prison for undertrials.

Jail authorities said the tainted former Satyam chief would get all the prerequisites and benefits of B-class political prisoners, which he enjoyed during his earlier stay in 2009. He was permitted use of a double-cotted room for himself and his brother with a separate toilet and a kitchen.

FIfty-six-year-old Ramalinga Raju was arrested in January 2009 after he confessed to India’s biggest corporate fraud of Rs 14,000 crore. He was granted bail by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on August 18 on health grounds and has remained in NIMS hospital for almost an year since September 2009 for  treatment of Hepatitis C.

The CBI said Raju delayed the trial proceedings in the scam by avoiding the court since November last.

A pall of gloom has descended on Raju’s bungalow at Jubilee Hills in view of his detention once again.

Raju was closeted with legal experts on Wednesday morning in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s rejection of his plea for extension of bail for a brief period. His bail was contested by the CBI in a petition before the apex court contending that Ramalinga Raju would scare away the witnesses, most of whom were his former employees.

Special rituals

Police officials, keeping a watch on his house after the apex court’s rejection of his plea, said there was hyper activity in the Jubilee Hills bungalow throughout Tuesday.

All close members of the family, including his sons, Ram  Raju and Teja Raju, were closeted with him.

Special rituals and Yajnas were also performed at the Venkateswara Temple in Chilkur, the Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada and the Mallikarjuna temple in Srisailam.

The XXI court, which is the CBI-designated court to hear the Satyam case, headed by B V L N Chakravarti who is the additional chief metropolitan magistrate at Nampally, will be decked with modern gadgets like LCD projectors, voice recorders, Xerox machines, computers and a public address system to support the display of a huge number of documents. As per a Supreme Court direction, the trial is expected to be concluded by July 31, 2011.

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