'Gali was ready to give Rs 100 cr for bail'

'Gali was ready to give Rs 100 cr for bail'

'Gali was ready to give Rs 100 cr for bail'

Investigations into the cash for bail scam involving disgraced mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy have thrown the light on a do or die resolve by his aides to secure bail for him.

Suspended district judge Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, in his confessional statement, said Gali Janardhana Reddy’s men were in fact ready to spend even Rs 100 crore as against Rs 10 crore or Rs 20 crore reported earlier. He told the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) authorities that Janardhana Reddy’s relative, Dasaratharami Reddy, offered him Rs 100 crore and the offer motivated him to start trials.

The ACB has ample proof to substantiate that initially, the proposal was placed before CBI judge Naga Maruti Sharma through Rao. However, Sharma, who was the principal judge at the CBI special court then, rejected the proposal. A petition was filed by Gali Janardhana Reddy to allow Sharma hear his case even after the AP high court shuffled the CBI special court judges.

After Sharma’s transfer, Pattabhi Rama Rao came to the post. Soon, Prabhakara Rao was sent to clinch a deal with him on the bail issue. Pattabhi Rama Rao rejected the deal. He, however, agreed when approached through retired judge and his childhood friend Chalapati Rao.

Meanwhile, the ACB authorities raided Lakshmi Narasimha Rao’s house and seized cheques worth Rs 82 lakh. They already obtained a confessional statement from him on July 11. Arguments on the ACB’s petition for custody of Lakshmi Narasimha Rao and mediator Surya Prakash concluded on Friday. The court has posted its decision to Saturday.

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