Rethink bail terms for Janardhana Reddy: SC

Rethink bail terms for Janardhana Reddy: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to reconsider the conditions imposed for grant of bail to mining baron and former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy in an illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC).

A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice H L Dattu put the matter for consideration on Tuesday after Reddy’s counsel Dushyant Dave submitted that he had objection over one of the seven conditions set by the CBI for his release on bail.
The court had earlier on November 28 indicated it could consider granting conditional bail to Reddy.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the CBI submitted that the agency would file an affidavit on Tuesday in this regard.

Dave, on his part, submitted that all the conditions imposed by the CBI was acceptable except one. He, however, did not elaborate on the condition.

The apex court had earlier told the CBI to decide by December 15 the conditions on which the petitioner could be granted bail.

Reddy had pointed out that he has been in jail for over three years and he was seeking bail in view of his poor health among other reasons.

The court had in July said it would consider Reddy’s bail if the trial against him was not completed within six months.

Reddy had approached the apex court challenging a 2013 order High Court’s decision rejecting his bail petition.

The petitioner and his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director of OMC, were arrested by CBI on September 5, 2011 from Ballari in Karnataka and brought to Hyderabad. He is facing five other charges along with other accused.

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