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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

AP HC rejects bail of mining scam accused

Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday cancelled the bail order for former Managing Director of APMDC, Mr VD Rajagopal, issued by a special CBI court.

Mr Rajagopal was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the illegal mining scam involving the Obulapuram Mining Company of Gali Janardhan Reddy.

The High Court on December 16 stayed the special court’s order. The CBI investigation is still underway and the accused, if out on bail, may influence the witnesses, the court had contested.

Justice NRL Rao cancelled the bail order responding to a petition filed by the CBI, challenging the special court’s verdict.

Mr Rajagopal allegedly played a key role in granting the mining leases to OMC. Now, the government has stalled all mining activities and transport of iron ore.

The special court granted Rajagopal bail on December 15, but backtracked on its decision within three hours and stayed the order till December 19, after the CBI filed a petition.

The very next day, the CBI had moved the HC, challenging the bail order.

The OMC, Anthar Gangamma Mining Company, YM Mahabaleswarappa and Sons Mining Company and Bellary Iron Ore Private Limited were mining iron ore in about 500 acres in the D Herehall mandal bordering Karnataka. Of the six mines, four were owned by former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy.

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