The CBI contended in a court of law on Friday that former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy does not deserve any sympathy as he had plundered national wealth by illegal mining.

Opposing his bail application, the sixth since his arrest in September last year, the CBI said Janardhan Reddy is sure to influence witnesses in a bid to prevent them from deposing before court if he is released on bail. Some of them are already provided with security in view of threats from his followers.

Moreover, further investigation into the role of public servants and tracking down illegal wealth earned from mining is still in progress. The court will hear arguments of both sides on November 21. The CBI also said it was evident from the conduct of Janardhan Reddy that he could go to any extent to exercise his influence. He has scant respect for law and that is the reason why he offered bribes to get bail, the agency said.