The Karnataka High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the former Minister and prime accused in the illegal mining scam G. Janardhan Reddy, challenging the order of the Special Court for CBI cases, Bangalore, that had earlier remanded him in CBI custody for interrogation.

At present, Mr. Reddy is in judicial custody.

Justice N. Ananda upheld the CBI court's order while observing that considering the nature and magnitude of the case, it is not possible to hold that the petitioner [Mr. Reddy] should not have been remanded in the CBI custody for interrogation and investigation.

The High Court also turned down the objections raised in the petition that Mr. Reddy was not formally arrested by the sleuths of the CBI, Bangalore, after they brought him to the city from Hyderabad

Notice

The Karnataka High Court has ordered issue of notice to the Bar Council of India and the Karnataka State Bar Council on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by city-based social activist Vishwanath Swamy, seeking directions to them to frame rules as per the Supreme Court's directions issued in 2002 to deal with advocates who boycott court proceedings.

Petitions

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna passed the order while hearing the batch of PIL petitions related to violence at the City Civil Court complex on March 2.