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Rajus sent back to jail; CBI seeks two more days of custody

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Trial time: Satyam’s former chairman B. Ramalinga Raju and his brother B. Rama Raju being produced before CBI court in city on Tuesday.
Trial time: Satyam’s former chairman B. Ramalinga Raju and his brother B. Rama Raju being produced before CBI court in city on Tuesday.

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Defence counsels of the five accused file bail pleas for them

HYDERABAD: Former chairman of Satyam Computers B. Ramalinga Raju, his brother Rama Raju, and their co-accused were sent to Chanchalguda Central Prison as their custody under the CBI ended on Tuesday. However, the CBI appealed to the XIV Additional Metropolitan Magistrate court to grant two more days of custody, while the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) filed a petition in the court seeking to question the accused once again for six days. The court posted the matter to Wednesday.

The CBI counsel informed the court that the investigating agency had yet to complete the interrogation of the accused persons in the accounting fraud case for two more days. The court posted the matter to Wednesday, as it was too late on Tuesday to take it up.

The defence counsels of all the five accused, including former Chief Financial Officer Srinivas Vadlamani, suspended auditors of Price Waterhouse S. Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri, filed bail petitions for them. The court is yet to take them up.

The SFIO’s counsel told the court that that the agency was unable to record the statements of the accused fully covering all the issues, as the time granted for questioning them was too short. The advocate urged the court to allow the SFIO to question the Raju brothers for three days and another three days to question the other three accused.

Before the CBI took up the case, the VI Additional Metropolitan Magistrate granted two days to SFIO to question the Rajus and others. Accordingly, the SFIO questioned them on February 14 and 15.


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