Court de­clines an­tic­i­pa­tory bail to Ja­nard­hana Reddy

The Hitavada - - NATION -

A CITY court on Fri­day de­clined to grant an­tic­i­pa­tory bail to Kar­natakaa’s min­ing baron Gali Ja­nard­hana Reddy, who fears ar­rest by the State’s Cen­tral Crime Branch (CCB) in a Ponzi schemere­lated case.

“Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Court Judge Vidyadara Shi­ra­hatti said he can­not grant an­tic­i­pa­tory bail to my client (Reddy) with­out hear­ing the pros­e­cu­tion side and ad­journed the case to Mon­day (No­vem­ber 13),” Reddy’s se­nior coun­sel C.H. Hanu­man­tharaya told re­porters here.

Though the CCB sum­moned Reddy for in­ter­ro­ga­tion in the Ponzi scam, in which he is ac­cused of shield­ing its per­pe­tra­tors from be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED), Hanu­man­tharaya al­leged that the CCB had wrongly framed his client in the case, as his (Reddy’s) name was not in the FIR filed against Am­bidant Mar­ket­ing Ltd sus­pected to be be­hind the scam. When the judge asked the coun­sel the ur­gency in seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail as Reddy was legally bound to ap­pear be­fore the CCB in re­sponse to its sum­mons, the coun­sel said the po­lice was search­ing for Reddy and raided his res­i­dence in the city and Bal­lari on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the scam.

Reddy, a for­mer BJP Min­is­ter in the state, is on bail in the multi-crore min­ing scam. “The judge has is­sued no­tice to the pros­e­cu­tor for fil­ing ob­jec­tions, if any, against Reddy’s pe­ti­tion for an­tic­i­pa­tory bail,” said his coun­sel. Reddy’s coun­sel also sought a court di­rec­tive to the CCB for chang­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers, as the Ponzi case does not come un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion.

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