Janardhan Reddy ready to visit Ballari as SC grants permission.

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy to travel and remain in his hometown of Ballari for eight weeks, despite a 2015 judgement granting him bail in a mining case prohibiting him from doing so. While modifying the earlier bail judgement, a panel of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari ruled Reddy might visit Kadapa in Karnataka and Ananthpur in Andhra Pradesh for an eight-week term.

“Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, and the fact that the trial has not yet begun, and that petitioner has not violated any bail condition even when he visited Ballari, it is directed that the condition imposed in the bail order to not visit these three places be modified,” the bench said.

The CBI has been opposing Reddy’s request, claiming that he should not be permitted to visit the Karnataka district of Ballari since he wields significant power and could obstruct the inquiry.

“Multiple petitions have been filed against him, witnesses have been threatened, and vehicles have been set on fire. There are over 40 witnesses in attendance. If he is permitted to enter the region, we have no idea what will happen” said the investigation agency.

The top court had ordered him to surrender his passport to the concerned trial court and not to leave the country without the approval of the trial judge while granting bail.

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