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OMC case: HC cancels Rajagopal’s petition

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday cancelled the bail of former Mines Director V D Rajagopal in the illegal mining case of the Obulapuram Mining Corporation.

The court agreed with the CBI’s counsel argument that Rajagopal’s release at this juncture might hit the investigation process. The CBI counsel also feared that Rajagopal might influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence, if released on bail. Reacting favourably to the views of CBI counsel, the state High Court cancelled Rajagopal’s bail granted by the CBI court.

It may be mentioned that the CBI court had granted bail to Rajagopal on December 15. However, a few hours later, following a petition moved by the CBI, the court stayed Rajagopal’s release on bail till Dec 19. Later, on December 16 the High Court had stayed the bail following a petition moved by the CBI.

While the main accused and former Karnataka Minster Gali Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivas Reddy were arrested on September 5, Rajagopal was arrested on November 14 by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the OMC illegal mining case registered on Dec 7, 2009. Suspended IAS officer Y Srilakshmi and OMC Director B Rajasekhar were also arrested in the case. While Srilakshmi was granted bail, all other accused were lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison. (INN)

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