The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested two district judges in connection with the cash-for-bail case involving mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy.
District judges K Lakshminarayana and Dr Prabhakar Rao who have been suspended by the Andhra Pradesh High Court were arrested from their residences for allegedly brokering the deal between aides of Gali Janardhana Reddy and suspended CBI Judge T Pattabhirama Rao who gave him bail on May 11.
Pattabhirama Rao and a retired district judge T Chalapathi Rao have also been arrested in this case.
Sources in ACB said Chalapathi Rao met the CBI Judge and proposed a deal in which aides of Janardhana Reddy would pay Rs 5 crore if he gave bail to the mining baron. On the other hand,Justice Prabhakar Rao also met the CBI judge with a proposal to pay Rs 10 crore for allowing the bail. However,the CBI judge preferred Chalapathi Raos proposal as he felt that it was less risky although it was Rs 5 crore less.
Justice Lakshminarayana was a judge of the City Civil Fast Track Court while Dr D Prabhakar Rao was a judge of the family court and IIIrd additional district judge at Srikakulam and was on deputation to Election Commissions legal department.
When Janardhana Reddy was given bail on May 11,the CBI started an investigation and found that First Additional Special Court Judge T Pattabhirama Rao was paid a bribe by Galis aides to the give the bail.