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Mopidevi seeks bail on grounds of his conduct in custody

Special Correspondent
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M. Venkataramana Rao
M. Venkataramana Rao

Former Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, an accused in the VANPIC Project aspect of the quid pro quo investments case against Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, has requested a special court here to grant him bail since there has been no instance of his interfering with the investigation.

He has been in judicial custody for over one year now and it is his third petition seeking bail, he said.

In the petition filed before the Principal Special Court for CBI Cases here on Friday through his counsel V. Surender Rao, Mopidevi said he was falsely implicated in the case and the entire processing of files related to the project was done in the routine course of business as a Minister. He had dealt with the transactions of the project in accordance with relevant rules and guidelines for disposal of business.

He submitted to the court that the draft concession agreement was placed along with Cabinet memorandum and the Council of Ministers had approved the same. Besides, the draft memorandum along with draft concession agreement was circulated to the then Chief Minister through the then Chief Secretary prior to placing the same before the Cabinet and the same was approved, Mopidevi stated in his petition.

Since the statements of all witnesses relating to processing of files were already recorded and as there was no instance of his influencing any witness or tampering evidence there was no need to detain him further and be granted bail, he requested. The judge posted the petition for filing of counter to June 5.


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