Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Madan Lokur has suspended and ordered a probe against a special CBI judge accused of taking a bribe to give bail to G Janardhana Reddy in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) illegal mining case.
First Additional CBI Judge T P Rama Rao gave Reddy bail on May 12. However,Reddy remains in Bangalore jail in another illegal mining case. The CBI challenged Raos decision in the high court,which suspended the bail until June 5.
Rao was suspended after the CBI lodged a complaint with the Chief Justice along with proof of bank lockers belonging to the judges relatives where the money was kept.
The suspension on corruption and bribery charges will remain in force until the conclusion of the proposed disciplinary proceedings.
CBI sources claimed that nearly Rs 1.80 crore in cash was recovered from a bank locker here,the keys of which were allegedly in the possession of Raos son.
The agency had carried out a search of the locker following a source-based input that a deal had allegedly been struck between Rao and Reddy,as a result of which the latter would get bail in the illegal mining case.
Registrar General (Vigilance),who issued the order against Rao on Thursday night,said that after considering the information received,the high court had decided that it was necessary to place him under suspension in the public interest with immediate effect.
Before proceeding with the search,CBI officials took the Chief Justice into confidence,and apprised him of the input received by them,the CBI sources said.
(With PTI inputs)