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Updated: June 15, 2012 15:54 IST

Suspended judge booked in cash-for-bail scam

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T. Pattabhirama Rao, First Additional Special Judge for CBI, was suspended after the evidence was found that he allegedly received money to grant bail to Gali Janardhan Reddy, in the illegal mining case.
T. Pattabhirama Rao, First Additional Special Judge for CBI, was suspended after the evidence was found that he allegedly received money to grant bail to Gali Janardhan Reddy, in the illegal mining case.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday registered a case against T. Pattabhirama Rao, First Additional Special Judge for CBI cases, and six others in the cash-for-bail scam in Andhra Pradesh.

The Judge was ordered to be suspended by the then Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Madan B. Lokur after the CBI unearthed evidence that he allegedly received money to grant bail to former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, in the case relating to illegal mining by the Obulapuram Mining Company.

It was alleged that Mr. Pattibhirama Rao was paid Rs. 2.87 crore by Mr. Janardhan Reddy’s aides. The followers and relatives of the mining baron had initially bargained with the Judge for payment of Rs. 5 crore for granting bail to four persons but a deal was finally struck for payment of Rs. 10 crore. As per the deal, Mr. Janardhan Reddy, his brother-in-law B. V. Srinivas Reddy, suspended IAS officer Y. Srilakshmi and former Director of Mines V. D. Rajagopal were to be granted bail.

The CBI recovered a portion of the bribe amount from lockers of a nationalised bank in Hyderabad. After preliminary investigations it handed over the case to the ACB on Friday.

The anti-corruption agency also registered cases against two BJP MLAs from Karnataka, Gali Somasekhara Reddy, brother of the former Minister, and Suresh Babu, former judicial officer of Andhra Pradesh T. V. Chalapathi Rao, Mr. Pattibharama Rao's son Ravichandra, Yadagiri, a rowdy-sheeter and Dasharath Ram Reddy. They have been charged under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.

A few years back a judge was suspended in Gujarat after a sting operation where he took bribe and issued non-bailable warrants against the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and the then CJI. Later it had been reported that he was reinstated stating that a judge signs many papers routinely and he cannot be held responsible for the lapses if any that occurs! So we can just imagine where this drama will head unless of course the Congress Bureau of Intimidation lives upto its name and the judiciary plays along, changing the goal post to suit the need of the hour!

from:  P M Ravindran
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 07:39 IST

If the grant of a bail itself is worth Rs.2.87 crores, can well imaging how much money would have been made by the Judge.Probably enough for five generations to sit back ,relax and enjoy like they couldn't have even dreamt.The government would do well to inquire into the financial affairs of Dinakaran,some of the Karnataka judges who featured in the State Guest House romping scandal.It is a wonder how that matter was inquired into so fast and results published so quick like it has never happened before.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 23:19 IST

All the cases which were settled by this tainted judge must be re heard.

from:  Engineer Shareef
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 19:57 IST

If this is the case, how will the corrupt politicians be brought to justice ever, because even if they do a eye wash of a justice, probably somebody might have received some bribe along the way, yes the judge. Good luck India! Sir what is the going rate for fixing the decision of the supreme court! Any agency available for this purpose like the Radia agency!

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 19:57 IST

When an ordinary man commits a crime and gets convicted he is severely punished in
those dirty and terrible prisons in our country; many innocent people are languishing in
our prisons. But political criminals and criminals disguised as judges decide the fate of
many! Would this man be given much more stringent punishment should he be
convicted?

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 19:53 IST
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