'Tainted' AP judge remanded in custody

'Tainted' AP judge remanded in custody

The Anti Corruption Bureau Court here on Tuesday remanded tainted CBI special court judge T Pattabhirama Rao to 14 days in judicial custody, till July 3.

Rao is accused of accepting bribe for granting bail to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy in the illegal mining case.

The tainted judge was picked up by officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from his residence here early in the morning and was shifted to ACB headquarters for questioning. In the afternoon, the judge was given a medical check-up before he was taken to the court.

The ACB judge had allowed Pattabhirama Rao’s appeal for “special category status” in the jail and also directed the jail authorities to take care of his health as Pattabhirama is a cardiac patient.

The ACB has already arrested retired district judge P V Chalapathi Rao and Pattabhirama Rao’s son T Ravichandra in the case on June 16.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had suspended Pattabhirama Rao on May 31 following disclosures by the CBI and allegations against him of illegal gratification and corruption for sanctioning bail to Janardhana Reddy on May 11.

The state-level probe agency had registered a case and also an FIR against him and seven others including Chalapathi Rao and Janardhana Reddy’s brother and Bellary City MLA Somasekhara , besides another Karnataka MLA, Suresh Babu.

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