Suspended CBI Special Court judge T. Pattabhi Rama Rao was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday in connection with the bail scam involving the former Karnataka Minister, Gali Janardhan Reddy.
He was remanded in 15 days judicial custody by Principal Special Judge for ACB & Special Police Establishment (SPE) cases S Jagannadham and ordered to be sent to the Charlapally jail.
Mr. Rao was picked up from his residence here early in the morning and was shifted to the ACB headquarters at Mozamjahi Market. Thearrest was announced by the ACB around 2 p.m.
He was produced before the judge after the customary medical check-up at the Osmania Hospital. After studying the medical report, the judge ordered that it be verified by the medical officer at Charlapally to decide whether he required any special medical treatment. Mr. Rao did not seek bail, his advocates on record said.
Based on a CBI complaint, the ACB registered a case against Mr. Rao and seven others on June 9 and took up investigation for offences such as criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct in granting bail to Mr. Reddy.
After conducting searches at various places, the ACB arrested the retired judge, T.V. Chalapathi Rao, and Mr. Rama Rao's son Talluri Ravi Chandra. Both were remanded in judicial custody.
The ACB, in its FIR, said a deal was struck between Mr. Reddy and others, including the judge, for granting bail to the former Minister in the illegal mining case.
The CBI had recovered Rs. 1.60 crore in cash from bank lockers belonging to Mr. Rama Rao and another Rs. 1.14 crore from the possession of T. Balaji Rao, brother of Mr. Chalapathi Rao.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court suspended Mr. Rama Rao on May 31.
He was to have retired in February but was given a two-year extension by the High Court.