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Posted on Dec 19, 07:19AM | UNI
The Principal Special CBI Court here today granted ten days temporary bail to former Andhra Pradesh Minister Mopidevi Venkatramana Rao to go on his annual pilgrimage visit Sabarimala from December 24.
Judge U Durga Prasada Rao, who reserved his order on December 13 till today has announced this after Mr Mopidevi sought bail from December 24 to January 2 as he had donned the scared Deeksha.
The Judge also directed the police to provide escort and address other security concerns during his visit. Even though the CBI during its arguments agreed for giving bail to the ex-minister for five days, the Judge has not taken it into consideration before announcing the order.
The investigating agency had initially opposed bail for Mr Rao on the ground that he could influence witnesses if bailed out as he was an influential person but relented later since he wanted to go on a pilgrimage. Mr Venkata Ramana was presently lodged in Chanchalguda Jail and had filed an interim bail petition on December 10.
In his petition, he explained to the court that he has been going on the pilgrimage since last 19 years and hence he should be given bail from December 24 to January 2 to visit the sacred place.
Mr Mopidevi was arrested by the CBI on May 24 for his alleged role in the Vanpic segment of disproportionate assets case of YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy.