Hyderabad: After being suspended for allegedly involved in corruption for granting bail to mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case, the Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on Tuesday questioned the ex-CBI Judge D Pattabhirama Rao.

Pattabhirama Rao’s son and a retired district judge TV Chalapathi Rao, who are among the seven booked for having played a role in brokering the deal, were arrested last week by the ACB. As per sources, Chalapathi Rao is said to be the classmate of Pattabhirama.

The accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 120-B (Criminal conspiracy), 219 (Public servant in judicial proceeding corruptly making report contrary to law) and other relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court suspended Rao on May 31 while transferring the case to ACB which registered a case against Pattabhirama and seven others including Chalapathi Rao and Janardhan Reddy's elder brother and Bellary city MLA Gali Somashekhar Reddy.

Acting on a tip-off that a deal was allegedly struck between Janardhan Reddy, the judge and others, the CBI had recovered cash of nearly Rs 1.60 crore from five lockers here, the keys of which were allegedly in possession of Pattabhirama's son Ravi Chandra.

The CBI had also seized Rs 1.14 crore from the possession of T Balaji Rao, brother of Chalapathi Rao.

The CBI had earlier told ACB that Gali Janardhan Reddy's elder brother and Bellary city MLA Gali Somashekhar Reddy, G Dasaratha Ram Reddy, Suresh Babu, an advocate T Aditya and Chalapathi Rao and Pattabhirama Rao and others had allegedly entered into a conspiracy for showing official favour and granting bail to Janardhan Reddy and committed criminal conduct.

The CBI had already handed over all the documents pertaining to the matter to ACB including mobile and land phone numbers (As incriminating documents) allegedly used during finalisation of the alleged deal and duration of conversations.


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