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The CBI is ever-reddy

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Weeks ago, the Karnataka Lokayukta’s report unseated the chief minister, Yeddyurappa, who inducted one of the Bellary bandits, Janardhana Reddy, into his ministry. The new chief minister, Sadananda Gowda did not take Reddy back into the cabinet, although there were discussions on including a close colleague, B. Sriramulu, in the new cabinet. Now that issue is settled with Sriramalu being kept out and Janardhana Reddy arrested, typical of the kind of labyrinthine manoeuvre completely at variance with open democratic functioning that one now expects in state politics. IBN Live reports:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested former Karnataka tourism minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy after conducting raids at his Bellary residence. Janardhana Reddy has been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating. Srinivasa Reddy – the managing director of Obulapuram Mining Corporation (OMC) which is owned by the former minister – has also been arrested.

The arrests have been made under a 2009 FIR under sections of criminal conspiracy and cheating and also prevention of corruption act. Both of them have now been taken to Hyderabad and will be produced in a CBI court.

The are allegations of irregularities in the mining activities of OMC which is owned by the brothers – G Karunakara Reddy, G Janardhana Reddy, G Somashekara Reddy.

That’s very dainty wording for an allegation which runs deeper, blacker and longer than any other we have read of. The report eventually does get to some of these:

There is enough evidence in former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde’s report to probe the Reddy brothers on charges of money laundering, according to legal experts.

The Lokayukta report accused them of far more serious crimes than just accepting a bribe. The report says they have actually smuggled out iron ore from Karnataka and the Rs 215 crore money trail has led to accounts in the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 5, 2011 at 3:25 am

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  1. […] of Bellary were involved in very large scale illegal mining. The Karnataka government’s induction of one of them, G. Janardhana Reddy, into the cabinet, and its successor’s soft handling of the brothers seemed to lend credence to the theories of […]

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