Bengaluru: Karnataka mining baron Janardhan Reddy arrested again

imagesBengaluru, Nov 20 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the anti-graft watchdog Lokayukta (ombudsman) on Friday arrested Karnataka mining baron and former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy for his alleged involvement in the illegal export of iron ore from Belekeri port on the state’s west coast.

“Reddy was taken into custody under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the case of illegal export of iron ore that was also illegally mined in Bellary district between 2008-10,” an SIT official told reporters here.

Reddy, 48, has been on bail since January in other illegal mining cases the CBI filed against him in Hyderabad and Bengaluru since 2011. He was interrogated at the state secretariat’s annex building a day after his accomplice Madhu Kumar Verma was quizzed on Thursday.

The state government had directed the SIT to probe the illegal export of 50,000 tonnes of iron ore by mining firms under Reddy’s patronage and his aides, including two lawmakers, transporters and a few middlemen.

After interrogation by SIT sleuths, Reddy was taken to a state-run hospital at Yelahanka in the northern suburb under escort for medical check-up.

“We will produce him (Reddy) in a local court later for judicial remand and further interrogation as part of the investigation into the multi-crore scam,” the official said.

Reddy, a member of the state legislative council, secured bail from the Supreme Court on January 20 after languishing in Hyderabad and Bengaluru jails since his arrest on September 5, 2011, when the BJP was in power in this southern state.

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  1. Dear readers,

    The judiciary of India has fallen to such degradable level that this mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy has managed to bribe sitting High court Judge of a CBI in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) scandal cash-for-bail episode.

    As long this man has blessings of Modi ‘Good governance’, if he assures to secure BJP’s sponsorship for the next assembly election from his illegal wealth exports of 50,000 tons iron ore he will have VIP treatment. The Hyderabad-Karnataka districts which has large influence by this great Reddy’s, if donate one more diamond-studded crown worth Rs 42 crore to Modi probably he will be even nominated for next BJP CM of Karnataka with Lord Venkateswara blessings.

    The CBI should close this case immediately. The law of India these days are only applicable to poor who can’t even reach his end meet.It is absolutely waste of time and money if Modi’s ‘Zero tolerance’ government on corruption did seize the bank accounts and blacklist the associated companies.

    There will not be no justice,if these absolute corrupts don’t taste the death penalty and continued to seek blessings of Lord with their corrupt wealth.

    Where are those anti corruption crusade front runners Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev?Why the CBI don’t have the wire transfer details of bank transactions from the importers?Is Reddy is going to be Adani of Karnataka for Modi?

    Jai Hind

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