Former Karnataka minister spends third night in jail
Hyderabad: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has postponed until today a bail petition hearing of former Karnataka minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy who has been arrested on charges of illegal mining and exports of iron ore.
A CBI application to keep Reddy in custody for 15 days for questioning is also expected to be taken up today. The judge asked the CBI lawyer to file his argument to the bail application by Gali's lawyers.
Gali's lawyers opposed the CBI application saying the remand report filed by the agency was incomplete. The court directed the CBI to clarify the reasons for seeking custody.
Apart from local lawyers, more were also flown in from Bangalore to move Gali's bail petition yesterday.
Meanwhile Reddy and his Obulapuram company's managing director and brother-in-law Srinvas Reddy spent their third day in the Chanchalguda jail yesterday.
Sources said the duo had started adjusting to the hardships of prison life.
Used to luxury
Gali Janardhan Reddy, known for his luxurious lifestyle surrounded by luxury cars and aircraft, got up at 5.45am yesterday and after a jog had a breakfast of Khichdi (broth) and milk.
Later in the day his brother and former revenue minister of Karnataka Karunakar Reddy visited him in the jail. He was accompanied by another YS Jagan loyalist MLA Katasani Rambhopal Reddy who said he had come to the jail as he was a relative of the Gali family. He said Gali Janardhan Reddy was healthy.
Jail officials said after refusing to take prison-cooked food, of rice, dal and vegetables, the pair started to eat.
After spending the first night in the ‘reception hall,' where new inmates of the prison were kept, Gali and his MD have been to moved to another cell.
Jail sources said they were being treated like any other inmate. Gali Janardhan Reddy had to stand in the queue along with others to get his food and then had to wash his plate.
Under prison rules each prisoner awaiting trial is given 600g of rice, 100g of dal and 250g of vegetable curry and the same applied to the new VIP inmates. They have been provided with a bed sheet to spread on the floor and a blanket to cover themselves.
Sources said for Gali's team of lawyers the top priority was to secure bail.