Hyderabad: A CBI court here today sent Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao to judicial custody till 7 June, even as he applied for bail on health grounds.
The minister was arrested in connection with disproportionate assets case involving Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy.
After completion of the five-day custody period, the central agency produced Mopidevi before the principal special court for CBI cases which sent him to judicial custody to 7 June, following which he was taken to Chanchalguda Jail.
Meanwhile, the court allowed Mopidevi’s plea seeking special prisoner status under the AP Prison Rules.
In its remand report against Mopidevi, who was arrested on 24 May, CBI had earlier alleged that the minister approved the cabinet memorandum containing proposals for awarding of VANPIC project by withholding many important aspects related to it, such as total extent of land decided for the project.
CBI was permitted to interrogate him as it sought to ascertain information in connection with the allegation that there were various violations and several GOs were issued for alienation of over 15,000 acres of land in favour of Vanpic Projects Private Limited.
In his bail plea moved through his counsel, Mopidevi said he is suffering from high blood-pressure and other ailments. He said he suffered from brain stroke in 2006, for which he was hospitalised and his continuation in remand will affect his health.
Mopidevi’s counsel submitted that his client was falsely implicated in the case and the entire processing of files was done in routine course of business. “It was duly approved by the then Chief Minister (late YS Rajasekhara Reddy) and all rules relating to circulation of files were duly followed,” the counsel said.
There should not be any aprrehension on part of the investigating agency that his grant of bail will adversely affect the investigation into the case, Mopidevi’s counsel further submitted, adding that his client will assist the CBI in its probe.