CBI conducts searches in Karnataka mining case
The CBI on carried out searches at various locations in Karnataka including the residences of two MLAs from Congress and BJP in connection with alleged illegal mining in the state.india Updated: Oct 03, 2011 23:51 IST
The CBI carried out searches at various locations in Karnataka including the residences of two Congress and BJP legislators in connection with alleged illegal mining in the state.
The action comes nearly a week after the Supreme Court sought the CBI's response over its probe into alleged connections between mining activities in the state's Bellary district and Ananthpur in Andhra Pradesh.
Sources in the CBI said searches were carried out at the premises of Associated Mining Company and Syndicate Mining, besides the home of former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy and Congress legislator B Nagendra.
The CBI, probing alleged illegal mining and irregularities in allotment of mining leases to Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), had arrested Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law, OMC managing director BV Srinivas Reddy from Bellary on September 5. On Monday, a local court extended their judicial custody till October 17. The two are currently lodged at Hyderabad’s Chanchalguda Central Jail.
On September 23, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia had directed the CBI to investigate the links as it "prima facie found that material (ore) extracted by two companies... is being routed through Obulapuram in Andhra Pradesh.
The CBI also searched the office of JSW owned by Sajjan Jindal as the agency claimed it had also been a beneficiary of the iron ore. JSW said no search was conducted, but a CBI team visited the company's Vijayanagar works on Monday.