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   Complete Coverage >> The Reddy Scandal

August 9, 2001
Reddy's brother seeks leniency in sex scandal

Jayaprakash Lakireddy, who has admitted to helping his older brother bring young Indian girls into the country to be sexually exploited, compared his offence to a minor traffic violation.

June 20, 2001
Tough judge throws out Lakireddy's plea bargain

'Sometimes a trial can be therapeutic,' she remarked when Reddy's attorney pleaded with the judge not to prolong the trial because his victims too want to move on.
Lakireddy gets 8 years for sex with minors
The powerful Berkeley landlord who confessed to bringing teenaged girls into the country for sex slavery will not be eligible for parole for at least seven years.

June 18, 2001
A plea bargain that smears Indians

California real-estate baron Lakireddy Bali Reddy's 'cultural defence' against sex slavery charges has provoked a sharp backlash from the angry Indian community.

June 14, 2001
Letter campaign against Lakireddy

A small coalition of protestors has embarked on a determined campaign to sour the sweet plea deal Reddy has worked out with federal prosecutors.

March 8, 2001
It's repentance time for Reddy

There was Reddy, the acclaimed restaurateur. Reddy, the shrewd and prosperous real estate mogul. Reddy, the swaggering near-demigod. But for the first time, a new man was unmasked for all to see on Wednesday: Reddy, the repentant.

March 7, 2001
Reddy's sons spurn plea bargain

Lakireddy Bali Reddy is expected to own up to several of the charges against him, including smuggling of minor girls for sex and cheap labour. But his sons are plotting their own course.

March 6, 2001
End of the road for Reddy

A legal technicality prevented Berkeley real estate mogul Lakireddy Bali Reddy from pleading guilty, but his opponents say they feel vindicated that those behind the smuggling ring that brought teenage girls from India to the San Francisco Bay Area for sex and cheap labor are finally facing justice.

March 5, 2001
Reddy may admit to sex slavery

But several local organisations that have been opposed to H-1B visas are fuming against letting Reddy and members of his family get away with milder convictions.

March 18, 2000
Lakireddy tried to hide evidence: prosecutors
They say Berkeley's biggest landlord had spent eight weeks before his arrest in January covering up the identities of two girls he had smuggled into the US.

March 9, 2000
Reddy's lawyer asks for DNA tests
Ted Cassman hopes to prove that Reddy, or his son Vijaykumar, is not the father of the child the 17-year-old girl known as Seetha Vemireddy was carrying when she died from carbon monoxide poisoning in November.

March 6, 2000
Former Union Carbide boss goes into hiding
And the multinational apparently refuses to accept a summons on behalf of Warren Anderson or disclose his present location.

March 2, 2000
Reddy lawyer asks court to discipline lawyer for city
Manuella Albuquerque told the court that the complaint against her was a 'desperate defense attorney litigation ploy to deflect attention away from serious charges against their clients.'

February 17, 2000
Visa scam case: Reddy's attorney wants separate trials for father and son
Defense lawyers believe that separate trials mean a speedy resolution of the cases. Besides, it will not be the same judge and the jury who will decide the fate of their clients.

February 10, 2000
Reddy faces fresh charges
Now the Berkeley Housing Authorities haul him up for ignoring safety standards in his buildings.

February 8, 2000
The End of an American Dream
Despite the crimes he has been charged with in the USA, Lakireddy Bali Reddy is God in Velvadam. In a three-part serial, Associate Editor George Iype reports from the village in Andhra Pradesh the NRI hailed from.

February 5, 2000
Conspiracy charges slapped on Reddys
Lakireddy Bali Reddy father faces 70 years in prison, his son 20.

February 1, 2000
It's life as usual at Pasand restaurant
While owner Reddy and his son deny the new charges made against them.

January 31, 2000
Tribute to an unknown immigrant
Berkeley candlelight vigil salutes a girl whose real name is yet not known.

January 29, 2000
Lakireddy Jr released on bail
The son of the landlord accused of sexual exploitation coughs up $ 500,000 in bail.

Remembering Sitha
Candelight vigil to honor the memory of the girl who was allegedly sexually exploited before dying of carbon monoxide poisoning.

January 28, 2000
Candlelight vigil planned at Reddy restaurants
Protests will be held outside both of Lakireddy Bali Reddy's Pasand Madras Cuisine restaurants in Berkeley and Santa Clara.

January 22, 2000
Silicon Valley landlord is considered 'Flight Risk
Prosecutors believe Reddy could jump bail and flee to India, even though he has extensive businesses in America and also has family members living with him.

January 21, 2000
Police seek community's help about charges against Silicon Valley landlord
As the Berkeley police investigate more complaints against Lakireddy Bali Reddy, a Silicon Valley restaurateur and landlord, who is charged with luring three young girls -- one of them 15 -- into living with him, the police are asking the Indian community's help across America to provide them with specific details of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Reddy.

January 20, 2000
Silicon Valley landlord arrested in prostitution charges
Officials in Berkeley said Lakireddy Bali Reddy, who owns over 1,000 apartment units and is a Silicon Valley millionaire, has been charged with importing immigrants from India for prostitution.

December 2, 2000
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Move Launched After Girl's Death
Authorities start educating people of the dangers of the colorless, odorless gas after Seetha Vemireddy succumbed to it.

November 27, 2000
Gas Leak Claims New Teen Immigrant
Girl dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in Berkeley.

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