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Janardhana Reddy seeks SC’s permission to visit Ballari

NEW DELHI

Former Minister and mining baron Galli Janardhana Reddy on Thursday approached the Supreme Court for permission to visit Ballari district, saying his father-in-law has suffered a stroke.

A Vacation Bench, led by Justice Indira Banerjee, agreed to hear the plea urgently on Friday.

As per his bail condition, Reddy is not permitted to visit Ballari without prior go-ahead from the court.

In January 2015, the Supreme Court had granted bail to Mr. Reddy in an illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) on the condition that he did not visit any of the mining zones in Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh.

By 2015, Reddy had been in jail for over three years and agreed with the court’s caution to cooperate in the trial before a special court in Hyderabad.

The Supreme Court had at the time acceded to the conditions put by the CBI, including that Reddy surrender his passport, not influence witnesses and refrain from visiting Ballari in Karnataka and Anantapur and Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh. It had then further ordered Reddy to furnish two sureties of ₹10 lakh each as condition for bail.

Reddy had sought bail in view of his poor health, among other reasons. He had approached the Supreme Court challenging a 2013 High Court order rejecting his bail petition.

The petitioner and his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director of OMC, were arrested by the CBI on September 5, 2011, from Ballari and brought to Hyderabad. He, along with others, is facing five other cases.

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