CBI court officials visit Reddy's residence

CBI court officials today visited the residence of former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy in connection with the chargesheet that has been filed against him in the illegal mining case involving his firm Obulapuram Mining Company.

The five-member team examined the details of the properties and assets owned by the minister which have beem mentioned in the chargesheet, CBI sources said.

On December 3, CBI filed the chargesheet in a special court in Hyderabad against Janardhana Reddy, his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy (also Managing Director of the mining company) and against former Director of Mines and Geology (Andhra Pradesh) V D Rajagopal and OMC.

The Reddys, who were arrested on September 5 from Bellary are presently in judicial custody and lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad along with Rajagopal, who was arrested subsequently.

According to the chargesheet, Janardhana and Srinivasa entered into a criminal conspiracy with Rajagopal and late R Linga Reddy, the then Assistant Director (Mines and Geology in Anantapur district,) Y Srilakshmi and others and got mining leases allotted to M/s OMC Limited and indulged in illegal mining activities amounting to lakhs of tonnes iron ore.

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