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Court dismisses Rajagopal’s bail petition

The CBI Special Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail petition of former Director of Mines and Geology V D Rajagopal, an accused in the Obulapuram Mining Company illegal mining scam.

While refusing the bail application, the Special Court at Nampally, however, accepted his request for granting him ‘special class prisoner status’ in the Chanchalguda Jail.

The Central Bureau of Investigation while opposing his petition had earlier charged Rajagopal with abusing his official position and misinterpreting the Mining and Mineral Acts to help OMC. The agency also contended that Rajagopal’s release on bail at this juncture would hamper the investigation and he could influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidences against him.

However, Rajagopal’s counsel had argued that the CBI has not made out any clear case against his client. The counsel said that his client was not involved in any corruption and acted as per the law.

After hearing the arguments, the Special Court rejected Rajagopal’s bail petition and directed the authorities concerned to provide him ‘special class prisoner status’ in the Chanchalguda Jail considering his education, status and health condition.

Rajagopal is the third accused in the alleged illegal mining scam. The other accused former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law and OMC’s Managing Director BV Srinivasa Reddy, who were arrested in Bellary earlier, are presently lodged in the Chanchalguda Jail. (INN)

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