CBI questions mining transporters, workers

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had filed a charge sheet against former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, his personal assistant Mehfuz Ali Khan and five others in connection with the iron ore scam in May, on Wednesday questioned mining transporters and workers in Hospet.

A senior CBI official confirmed that a 10-member team had questioned people in connection with illegal quarrying by Associated Mining Company, owned by Reddy and his wife Aruna, which resulted in a Rs 198-crore loss to the exchequer.

The CBI team picked up mining transporters and workers from various locations and whisked them away to the Government Guest House for questioning.

Raid conducted

“Earlier, five officials of the CBI team conducted a raid on the apartment of a transporter at Saibaba Colony and seized documents related to mining,” police said.

A charge sheet has been filed against Reddy, Khan, S Muthaiah, the then Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bellary, S P Raju, the then Deputy Director of Mines and Geology, Hospet, Manoj Kumar Shukla, the then Conservator of Forests, Bellary, and two private persons, Swastik Nagaraj and Kharadapudi Mahesh.

The CBI had registered a criminal case against S B Logistics, S Muthaiah and S P Raju on September 7, 2012, pursuant to the directions of the Supreme Court.

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