Gali Janardhan Reddy Gets Bail

New Delhi, January 20: The Supreme Court today granted bail to mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, who is an accused in the illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by him.

The Apex Court granted bail to Gali after the CBI submitted that the investigation in the case involving Reddy is complete and both the charge-sheet as well as the supplementary charge-sheet has been filed. Taking on record the submission of the agency, a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said, “Since the investigating agency has no objection in granting bail, we are granting bail to the petitioner (Reddy).”

The bench also comprising justices A K Sikri and Arun Mishra noted that the submission of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and Reddy’s counsel Dushyant Dave that the accused has been in jail for around four years.

While granting bail, the bench imposed certain conditions, including that Reddy will be released from jail on furnishing two sureties of Rs 10 lakh each and that he shall not leave the country without the permission of the court while directing him to surrender his passport. The bench further said the accused should not in any way try to influence the witnesses or tamper with evidence.

Reddy moved the apex court in 2013 challenging the High Court’s decision to reject his bail petition. He is facing several criminal cases and was lodged in a jail here. He was arrested on September 5, 2011 and ever since he was incarcerated in Chenchalguda jail.

Janardhan Reddy may be released from jail in two days. He and his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director of OMC, were arrested by the CBI from Bellary in Karnataka and brought to Hyderabad. In the OMC case, the company is accused of changing mining lease boundary markings and indulging in illegal mining in the Bellary Reserve Forest area, spread over Bellary in Karnataka and Anantapur district of united Andhra Pradesh. (NSS)

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