BENGALURU: After getting conditional bail from the Supreme Court, former tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy is expected to be released on Friday.
His followers gathered in front of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in large numbers expecting him to be released on Thursday evening itself. Thousands of his fans burst crackers and poured milk on his cutouts and raised slogans.
However, he was not released as the prison authorities said they had not received a certified copy of the bail order. They said they wanted to complete other formalities as well.
Reddy, who is an accused in the illegal mining case involving his Obulapuram Mining Company, spent more than three years in jail. The court, while granting bail, had imposed certain conditions, including two sureties of `10 lakh each. Reddy was also told to hand in his passport and ordered not to leave the country without the court’s permission.
Jail Turns Fortress
Meanwhile, the city police have made massive security arrangements around the Central Jail and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code have been clamped around the jail. “We have made fool-proof security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident around the Central Jail premises,” Alok Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said.
“We have warned of taking stern action against those who try to disturb peace. Taking out processions and carrying any kind of weapon is strictly prohibited,” he told Express.