Ugrappa dismisses CM's clean chit to Bellary siblings

Ugrappa dismisses CM's clean chit to Bellary siblings

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, former Congress MLC V S Ugrappa alleged that minister Janardhan Reddy and his wife Lakshmi Aruna hold 10 per cent stake each in Associated Mining Company, a Bellary-based entity.

He said Reddy and his wife entered into partnership with K M Parvathamma and K M Vishwanath on July 31, 2009. However, a retirement deed came into existence the very next day (August 1, 2009) through which both Parvathamma and Vishwanath retired as partners. Ugrappa released a document to substantiate his charges.

Failed to take action

Ugrappa said the government had failed to take action against those responsible for causing loss to the tune of Rs 4,500 crore to the State during 2009-10 when 71,27,937 MT of ore was illegally mined and transported. He demanded a CBI inquiry into illegal mining in the State.

Member of Legislative Council K C Kondaiah said the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee would submit an application before the Forest Bench of the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into illegal mining in Bellary.

He said the court will also be appealed to recover Rs 15,245 crore estimated as loss by the Central Empowered Committee, in its interim report.

‘Stay away’

Former Lok Sabha member Basavaraj Rayareddi has urged the Veerashaiva seers not to support or associate themselves with Yeddyurappa.

"The entire Veerashaiva community is being seen in bad light due to your (seers’) association with corrupt men like Yeddyurappa. Veerashaiva seers should in fact demand Yeddyurappa to step down as chief minister," added Rayareddi.