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Aug 06, 2012 at 05:47pm IST

Cash-for-bail scam: Karnataka MLA arrested

New Delhi: Karnataka MLA Somashekhara Reddy, brother of mining scam accused Gali Janardhan Reddy, has been arrested in the cash-for-bail scam on Monday.

Somashekhara Reddy is the second Karnataka MLA to be arrested in the cash-for-bail scam after Suresh Babu, who was arrested last week.

Somashekhar Reddy, who is accused of "playing a key role in bribing" suspended judge T Pattabhirama Rao in granting bail to mining baron Janardhan Reddy, was earlier summoned by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) along with BJP's Kampli MLA TH Suresh Babu (who has already been arrested in the case), to appear before it as part of the investigation.

In its complaint to ACB, the CBI had earlier said that Somashekhar Reddy, Suresh Babu, Dasaratha Ram Reddy (Gali's relative), advocate T Aditya, retired judges TV Chalapathi Rao, Pattabhirama Rao and others had allegedly entered into a conspiracy for showing official favour and granting bail to Janardhan Reddy and thus committed criminal conduct.

Amid allegations of illegal gratification and corruption against Pattabhirama Rao, the Andhra Pradesh High Court suspended him on May 31 while transferring the case to ACB.