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AP government to adhere to SC directive on illegal mining

india Updated: Nov 23, 2009 13:51 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Sunday said his government would fully abide by Supreme Court directive on the alleged mining irregularities in Anantapur district involving Karnataka Minister Gali Janardan Reddy`s firm, Obulapuram Mining Company(OMC).

The chief minister chose to come out clear on the issue after TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu made a series of "wild allegations" including that the former was on the payroll of the OMC and was trying to shield the Bellary Reddys. Naidu demanded Rosaiah`s resignation.

Rosaiah said he had seen media reports about the reports of the central empowered committee appointed by the Supreme Court on the issue. "The government cannot go by such reports. We will wait for the court's verdict," he said.

The committee in its report, prima facie established illegal mining activity and recommended that the mining be stopped till the boundaries of all the mining leases are clearly demarcated.

Rosaiah said his government had no intention of shielding anyone and that's why the government first ordered a three member official team to enquire into the matter and later handed over the case to CBI.

The chief minister assailed Naidu for making wild charges that he and top officials were on the payrolls of the OMC."A person with a sound mind will not make such wild allegations," he added.

"Naidu appears to be in great haste to come back to power even though he was defeated in the recent assembly elections (and have to wait for five years).I advise him to respect people`s verdict," he said.