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Illegal mining: CBI questions Reddy brothers

CBI officials today questioned Karnataka ministers Janardhana Reddy and Sreeramulu over alleged illegal mining activities by a company owned by them in the state and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2009 16:58 IST

CBI officials on Thursday questioned Karnataka ministers Janardhana Reddy and Sreeramulu over alleged illegal mining activities by a company owned by them in the state and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

A 11-member CBI team visited Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy's brother Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy, as part of the probe into alleged illegal mining activities.

The agency sleuths conducted searches at the Ennoble India company, a chit firm owned by Janardhana, which has now become defunct and reportedly seized some documents, CDs and two computers, police said.

The team, which questioned Janardhana and Health Minister Sreeramulu, visited five mining companies in Bellary, but details of documents seized were not available immediately.

Meanwhile, Janardhana alleged it was a conspiracy by the Congress which had led to the CBI probe. "They (Congress) are troubling us. They are trying to create problems for the BJP government in Karnataka," he told reporters here.

The CBI team, which arrived in Bellary last night, questioned OMC employees at its office in Havambhavi area and later visited Janardhana's residence.

The Centre had ordered the CBI probe into alleged illegal mining at Andhra Pradesh government's request. The Reddy brothers are also under Supreme Court's scanner over mining activities in parts of Karnataka bordering Andhra Pradesh, where they hold three mining licences.