The High Court on Thursday reserved its orders to September 25 on the bail petition of suspended CBI court special judge T Pattabhirama Rao in the cash-for-bail scam involving former Karnataka minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy.
Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu heard the arguments of both the parties _ counsels of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Pattabhirama Rao—before reserving his orders. The suspended judge moved the High Court for bail after the ACB court had dismissed his bail petition. ACB counsel R Ramachandra Reddy told the High Court that there was ample evidence against the accused to show that money was recovered from his bank lockers and the keys of the lockers were seized from the possession of his son Ravi Chandra. Pattabhirama Rao, as presiding officer, had granted bail to Janardhan Reddy in the Obulapuram Mining Company case and received huge amounts of money towards illegal gratification. In view of the conspiracy played by him and being the main accused in the case, there was scope for tampering with the evidence if he was released on bail, he contended.