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Smuggler Gangi Reddy Likely to be Brought to AP


Notorious red sanders smuggler Kollam Gangi Reddy, who is also a key accused in the assassination bid on AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is likely to be brought to Hyderabad from Mauritius on Monday. A team of sleuths from Andhra Pradesh crime investigation department (CID) led by Addl DGP Dwarka Tirumala Rao has landed in Mauritius and reportedly taken custody of Gangi Reddy. They are likely to arrive in the city on Monday morning.

A red corner notice was issued against Gangi Reddy on February 24 this year and he was arrested in Mauritius with the help of Interpol. Gangi Reddy, an international smuggler of red sandalwood, had been absconding after obtaining bail from the AP High Court last year. Gangi Reddy is an accused in red sanders smuggling cases were registered in Kadapa, Kurnool and other districts. He is also wanted for the assassination bid on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Alipiri in 2003. He was later acquitted in the case.

The police had named Gangi Reddy as an accused in connection with a major haul of red sanders near Veldurthi in Kurnool. He was arrested on April 4, 2014, remanded to judicial custody and was released on bail on May 16, 2014 after which he went absconding. Badvel police had arrested Guddeti Ramanadha Reddy, a former key aide of Gangi Reddy and 10 others after the seizure of 49 red sanders.

A few days later an Interpol red corner notice was issued against Gangi Reddy based on the confessional statement of Ramanadha Reddy and others. Later, all cases were transferred to the CID. The Enforcement Directorate has registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Gangi Reddy. Based on the red-corner not

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