Satyam scam: HC rejects Raju’s bail plea

Hyderabad, August 31: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail petitions of B Ramalinga Raju and seven other accused in the multi-crore Satyam Computer scam.

Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu, who heard the arguments on the bail petitions on August 27 dismissed all the bail applications. It was for the fourth time in August alone that the different courts have denied bail to Raju and other accused in the Satyam scam.

Earlier, of the 10 accused in the case, B Suryanarayana Raju, who is Raju’s brother, and T Srinivas, a former auditor of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, had been granted bail by different courts.

Besides Raju, Satyam’s former MD B Rama Raju, ex-CFO Srinivas Vadlamani, former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Ch Srisailam, former PWC auditor Subramani Gopalakrishnan and Satyam’s former internal chief auditor V S Prabhakar Gupta, are currently lodged in Chanchalguda Central Prison in the city.

The accused had sought bail on the grounds that the trial in the Satyam scam was not completed within the Supreme Court stipulated period of July 31 and all the prosecution witnesses were examined.

Earlier, cancelling Raju’s bail in October last year, the Supreme Court had stated that the accused could file another bail application only after July 31, 2011, if the trial in the case was not completed in the local court.

Sources close to Raju said he and the other accused may approach the Supreme Court for bail.