SC allows Reddy to attend marriage in Ballari from Nov 23-26

SC allows Reddy to attend marriage in Ballari from Nov 23-26

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted another opportunity to former minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy to visit Ballari for four days to attend a marriage in his relative's family.

On a plea made by his counsel Bina Madhavan, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, wondered, "If you start attending marriage functions like this, there will be no end to it."

The court still allowed Reddy to attend the marriage function between November 23 and 26 as Bina assured the court that she would impress upon her client that he should avoid attending such functions in the near future.

After celebrating Dussehra at his hometown, Reddy was given concession to remain in Ballari during Deepavali.

Reddy had time and again approached the apex court to seek modification of the January 21, 2015 order by which he was granted bail, but with the condition that he does not visit Ballari, Anantapur and Cuddapah.

He was given bail in an illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC). The court had then directed Reddy to cooperate in the smooth process of trial and appear before the CBI special court in Hyderabad, which is trying the case.

Reddy and his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy, managing director of OMC, were arrested by the CBI on September 5, 2011. In the OMC case, the company was accused of changing mining lease boundary markings and indulging in illegal mining in the Ballari reserve forest area, spread over Ballari and Anantapur districts.

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