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Reprieve for Sabitha, Dharmana

Reprieve for Sabitha, Dharmana
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The two former ministers, Dharmana Prasada Rao and Sabitha Indra Reddy, received reprieve when the CBI special court on Wednesday rejected the CBI memos seeking their judicial custody in the quid pro quo case.The CBI filed memos in the CBI special court at Nampally seeking judicial custody on June 7. Taking cognizance of the fifth charge sheet, Sabitha attended the court twice along with 11 others. She was charged with allotting 407 acres in Kadapa district as minister for mines.


CBI Court rejects judicial custody

Hyderabad : The two former ministers, Dharmana Prasada Rao and Sabitha Indra Reddy, received reprieve when the CBI special court on Wednesday rejected the CBI memos seeking their judicial custody in the quid pro quo case.The CBI filed memos in the CBI special court at Nampally seeking judicial custody on June 7. Taking cognizance of the fifth charge sheet, Sabitha attended the court twice along with 11 others. She was charged with allotting 407 acres in Kadapa district as minister for mines.

Dharmana Prasada Rao too was facing charges in Vanpic case. The CBI raised apprehensions before the court that the duo might influence the investigation and witnesses if not sent to judicial remand. The investigating agency in June had submitted to the court a CD containing clippings of their interaction with media which, it argued, could influence the investigations. It also gave in writing to the court the statements made by the two former ministers.

Sabitha resigned as home minister and Dharmana as roads and buildings minister in May after the CBI named them in the case. While the advocate for the two ministers, Uma Maheswar Rao, pleaded that his clients had not done anything wrong. Public prosecutor Surender said that their act amounted to influencing the case. After hearing the arguments from both the parties, Durga Prasad, the CBI Special Court judge, rejected the CBI's plea saying that it had failed to produce proper evidence and hence the plea for custody was not maintainable.

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