The bad brothers of Bellary
It was known for many years that the Reddy brothers of Bellary were involved in very large scale illegal mining. The Karnataka government’s induction of one of them, G. Janardhana Reddy, into the cabinet, and its successor’s soft handling of the brothers seemed to lend credence to the theories of alleged quids-pro-quo between the brothers and the BJP. In the aftermath of the removal of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. early in August last year, Janardhana Reddy was arrested by the CBI. At the end of May this year, a special judge of the CBI court released him on bail.
2 Jun, 2012
Deccan Herald reported the first follow up to this news:
The CBI, which has secured green signal from Andhra Pradesh High Court to launch criminal proceedings against suspended CBI first additional special judge T Pattabhirama Rao, has embarked on a state-wide look out for traces of alleged bribe cash that may have flowed into the state from Bellary in Karnataka.
CBI teams have searched houses of the tainted judge’s relatives and friends in Krishna and Guntur on Saturday.
The CBI judge was charged with taking bribe as a quid pro quo for granting bail to mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy in the illegal mining case involving his Obulapuram Mining Company(OMC). The CBI is likely to arrest the judge in the case.
Following some credible information, the CBI sleuths zeroed in on the bank account of Pattabhi’s son Balaji and seized Rs 3 crore from the Ashok Nagar branch of Bank of Baroda. The phone call from a stunned Balaji to his father about the crackdown linked the tainted judge to the cash arrived from Bellary.
The CBI officials also identified the role of a retired district judge T Chalapathi Rao of Chilakaluripet in Guntur district. Chalapathi Rao allegedly acted as a conduit between Gali and Pattabhirama Rao.
14 June, 2012
Z News reported:
The Andhra Pradesh High Court Wednesday dismissed the bail granted by a lower court to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy in an illegal mining case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had challenged the bail granted to him by the CBI court here May 11 in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case. However, he was not released as he was lodged in Bangalore jail in another illegal mining case in Karnataka.
The high court said the accused may again approach the CBI court for bail.
The cancellation of bail is significant as it was allegedly granted by a CBI judge for a huge bribe.
High court chief justice Madan B. Lokur on May 31 suspended First Additional CBI judge T. Pattabhirama Rao after a preliminary probe by the CBI revealed that he granted bail for a bribe of Rs.5 crore.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which has now taken up the investigations into the bail scam, has booked Pattabhirama Rao and seven others including two Karnataka legislators. The ACB also arrested rowdy-sheeter Yadgiri.
17 June, 2012
The Hindu reported:
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday began arresting the accused in the cash-for-bail scam involving mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy by picking up a retired district judge, T.V. Chalapathi Rao, and the son of the suspended judge of a CBI court here, T. Pattabhirama Rao.
Chalapathi Rao and Pattabhirama Rao’s son Ravichandra were arrested following raids on their houses at Ashoknagar and Banjara Hills here respectively during the early hours. A team of officials was said to have whisked away Ravichandra in their car to a branch of Corporation Bank at Ashoknagar after searching his house. He was issued five lockers in the bank a day before Janardhan Reddy was granted bail by Pattabhirama Rao. Both the arrested persons were later taken away for questioning.
19 June, 2012
The Hindu reports:
Suspended Judge of the CBI Special Court T. Pattabhirama Rao was on Tuesday taken into custody by the officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the bail scam of mining baron and former Minister of Karnataka Gali Janardhan Reddy.
He was picked up from his residence here early in the morning and was shifted to ACB’s headquarters for questioning. The ACB is, however, yet to announce his arrest officially. The ACB confirmed that the suspended judge was in their custody and was being questioned by a team of their officials.