Hyderabad: A special court on Monday extended the judicial custody of former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law BV Srinivasa Reddy till November 14 in an illegal mining case. The special court for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases extended the custody, which ended on Monday.

The Judge once again conducted the hearing via video linkage between the court and Chanchalguda Central Jail, where the accused were lodged.

The CBI sought extension of their custody, saying the investigations into the case are at a crucial stage.

The federal agency had arrested the duo from Bellary in Karnataka on September 5 in connection with the illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district.

The arrests were made in connection with the illegal mining case booked in 2009 against Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Janardhana Reddy.

The CBI has been conducting investigations into the case, focusing on the alleged role of public servants and exports of iron ore.

CBI Joint Director V.V. Lakshminarayana had told reporters last week that a chargesheet would be filed soon.