K. Lakshminarasimha Rao, one of the two judges who was arrested by the ACB on Wednesday in the cash-for-bail scam, involving mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, made two attempts to secure bail for Reddy and failed in both of them.
The remand report submitted by ACB to the court while producing Lakshminarasimha Rao and D. Prabhakar Rao stated that the former was approached by a relative, S. Venkateswara Rao, and an acquaintance P. Kishan Prasad in the matter of bail initially in the third week of April. He was offered a heavy bribe if he accomplished the task.
Lakshminarasimha Rao then called the CBI judge, B. Naga Maruthi Sarma, to his house on April 18 and requested him to give bail to Janardhan Reddy but the latter did not oblige.
On April 21 again, Ravi Suryaprakash Rao contacted Lakshminarasimha Rao for the same purpose but the latter related to him his experience with Sarma on the earlier occasion and asked him to wait for sometime. After a week or 10 days, Sarma was transferred from the CBI court which triggered new hope in Lakshminarasimha Rao. He involved Prabhakar Rao to mediate with Pattabhirama Rao who was his batch mate.
The deal was discussed for an amount of Rs. 15 crore, of which Pattabhirama Rao would get Rs. 10 crore. However, he did not oblige which annoyed Prabhakar Rao who later confronted Pattabhirama Rao at a dental hospital to gather details about how he conceded the request of another team on the job comprising Chalapathi Rao and Yadagiri Rao.