HYDERABAD/BANGALORE: The CBI probing the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case shifted key accused in the case and former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy from the Chanchalguda Central Prison to Bangalore on Thursday.
He will be produced in a Bangalore court on Friday in connection with another illegal iron ore mining case against him in Karnataka.
With the Special CBI Court here directing the jail authorities to follow jail rules and regulations in shifting the accused through Prisoner on Transit (PT) warrant, the CBI officials shifted Reddy by road in a vehicle escorted by two sub-inspectors and eight constables.
Before boarding the vehicle, Reddy offered prayers at a temple on jail premises (said to have been built with funds donated by him) and chanted Satyameva Jayate. A team of CBI officials from Bangalore also got into the vehicle that left the prison at 5.15 pm.
Earlier, Reddy approached the Special CBI Court with a plea to shift him to Bangalore by air in view of safety, which was rejected.
Meanwhile, sources said a team of CBI officials left Hyderabad with Reddy around 5:30 pm on Thursday. The entourage would arrive in city on early Friday. He will later be produced before a special CBI court.
An officer on condition of anonymity told Express that security will be beefed up at the court when Reddy willl be produced.
The respective DCP will be in-charge of security. “We will extend all our cooperation to the CBI while producing Reddy before the judge,” he added.