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CBI Seeks Custody Ramalinga Raju, Four Others

CBI Seeks Custody Ramalinga Raju, Four Others Hyderabad (PTI): The CBI on Tuesday moved a local court here to seek the custody of tainted Satyam Computer founder B Ramalinga Raju and four others for questioning in connection with the Rs 7,800-crore accounting scam in the IT company. "We have filed a petition in the court seeking custody of Raju brothers and other accused in the case," a senior CBI official said. The move from the CBI comes after receiving legal opinion that the agency could question Raju and others. Its prosecution department, citing a Supreme Court ruling, had claimed that it could not seek Raju's custody. The official said an application seeking seven days custody of the five accused, including Raju, was filed by the CBI in the court of XIV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. The judge asked the CBI's public prosecutor to serve notices to defence lawyers on Wednesday. Besides Ramalinga Raju, the CBI wants to question company's former managing director Rama Raju, ex-CFO Vadlamani Srinivas and sacked partners of PriceWaterhouse (PWC) S Gopalakrishnan and Talluri Srinivas. CBI registered a case to probe the case, which rocked the corporate world, on February 20. Similarly, former auditors of PriceWaterhouse S Gopalakrishnan and Talluri Srinivas were also grilled by CID for two days from February 4. The application seeking custody of CBI is likely to come for hearing on Wednesday. While Ramalinga Raju and V Srinivas were questioned for five days from January 18, his brother Rama Raju was interrogated for four days from January 18.
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