In a shocking revelation, a former judge Lakshminarasimha Rao, has confessed that he was offered a staggering Rs 100 crore by the family of Gali Janardhan Reddy to get him out of jail. He gave a written confession to the Anti Corruption Bureau(ACB) upon his arrest in the infamous bail-for-sale case in the city.
The former High Court judge said that he was approached in the second week of April by Dasarath Rami Reddy, a relative of Gali Janardhan Reddy, with the offer to pay a bribe in exchange for bail. Lakshminarasimha had also proposed the deal to then CBI special court Judge Nagamurthi Sarma but he declined to cooperate.
Subsequently Sarma was transferred and he was replaced first by Judge Pullaiah and later by vacation Judge Pattabhi Rama Rao. Lakshminarasimha had also proposed the same deal to Pattabhi but he had also declined his offer, saying that he would decide on the bail in lieu to the merits of the case.
However, on May 11, Pattabhi granted bail to Janardhan Reddy, surprising Lakshminarasimha Rao. It was later found that the deal had been struck through someone else for a much smaller amount of Rs 15-20 crores.
The ACB sleuths conducted raids at the residence of Lakshminarasimha Rao and found cheques worth Rs 74 lakh in the name of his wife Durga Devi. The ACB is considering filing a case of illegal assets against the former judge.