CBI chargesheets Reddy in illegal mining case!

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday formally filed charges in illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by former Karnataka minister G. Janardhana Reddy. The CBI filed its charge sheet in the special court dealing with CBI cases at Nampally criminal court complex here.

The charge sheet names Janardhana Reddy, his brother-in-law and OMC managing director B.V. Srinivasa Reddy and former director of mines V.D. Rajagopal as the accused. They are all lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail here. The name of arrested Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official Y. Srilakshmi, who was released on bail Friday, did not figure in the charge sheet. The CBI is yet to get permission from the central government to prosecute her.

CBI sources said the names of Srilakshmi and other accused might be included in the supplementary charge sheet at a later date.

The accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, theft, criminal trespass, breach of trust by public servant and forgery. The OMC has been charged with illegally mining iron ore in areas other than those allotted to it in Obulapuram area of Anantapur district.

The CBI officials brought the 100-page charge sheet and supporting documents running into thousands of pages to the court in 10 trunks. The charge sheet has been filed under sections 120-B, 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. It was on Dec 7, 2009, that the CBI office in Hyderabad registered a case against OMC and others under various sections of the IPC, the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Indian Forest Act, and the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act.

The CBI arrested Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivasa Reddy in Bellary in Karnataka Sep 5. Rajagopal, former managing director of the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC), was arrested Nov 13.

According to CBI, Rajagopal and Srilakshmi showed undue favours to OMC by granting leases for iron ore mining in Anantapur district. Srilakshmi was secretary of the industries department in late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s government when OMC was granted mining lease.

The senior officer was arrested Nov 28 and after three-day CBI custody, she was sent to jail Thursday. The officer, who was family welfare commissioner at the time of the arrest, was suspended by the state government.(IANS)

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