A CBI court on Saturday extended till April 17 judicial custody of former Karnataka Minister and mining baron G. Janardhana Reddy and his personal assistant Mehfuz Ali Khan, arrested in connection with an illegal mining case.

Additional Civil and Sessions Court Judge and CBI special court judge B.M. Angadi passed the order after CBI moved an application seeking extension of custody.

Associated Mining Corporation and Deccan Mining Syndicate owned by Mr. Reddy and his wife Aruna Lakshmi have been facing probe over charges of illegal mining.

Mr. Reddy and Mr. Khan, lodged in Bangalore central prison, were produced in court via video-conferencing.

Meanwhile, hearing on bail pleas of Mr. Reddy and Mr. Khan was fixed for April 17 by the Judge.