Tuesday, Dec 09, 2003
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After their production in the court, the Special Judge, Y. Dhilleswara Rao, posted the CBI plea for extending the police remand to three more days for Sudhakar Rao (A-1), the Mahila Court Public Prosecutor, K.L.D. Nagasri (A-2), to December 11. The bail applications filed on Monday by their advocates, Kandala Srinivasa Rao and Satyanarayana Murthy, will also come up for hearing on the same day.
Sudhakar Rao and two others were detained by the CBI on Saturday after Nagasri and her maid servant, U. Devi, were caught while allegedly accepting Rs. 5 lakhs on behalf of Sudhakar Rao to hush up a case filed by the local office of the CBI against the Senior Divisional Manager of United India Insurance Co. Ltd, M.F. Shoury.
The Assistant Government Pleader, Lakshmi Rambabu, whose name figures in the FIR as A-3, is at large. There is hectic speculation in the legal circles that she is trying to seek bail failing which she would surrender before the court in a day or two. She is also accused of acting as a conduit for Sudhakar Rao.
The bail plea of Devi will be taken up on Tuesday as the CBI counsel, B. Ravindranath and M.V. Ramana, did not seek police remand for A-4. However, her advocate sought hearing on her bail plea as she was a heart patient and had no connection in the case as "she did whatever her master asked her to do.''
As soon as the proceedings began, the Judge sought more evidence on the charges levelled against A-1. Consequently, when the CBI officials and counsel said that they had audio cassettes and some documents to substantiate their charge that Nagasri had acted as a conduit for the tainted IPS officer of the Sikkim cadre. Later, the Judge heard the tapes in his chambers and declared the judicial remand of A-1 and 2 up to December 22.
The CBI was also given time to go to their MVP Colony office to bring the cassettes and other evidence. When the cassettes were presented before them along with a taperecorder, the Judge asked the CBI to read out the transcripts.
On being told that the transcripts were in Hindi, though the conversation was in English, he preferred to listen to the cassettes in his chambers, after which he remanded all the three accused.
The transcript was in Hindi and conversation in Telugu.
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