K'taka: CBI issues summons to Reddy's close aide
Posted on: 05:06 AM IST Mar 30, 2012
Bellary: The CBI on Thursday issued summons to owner of a logistics company and mining baron Janardhan Reddy's close aide, Swastik Nagarj, in connection with its ongoing probe into illegal mining in Karnataka to appear before it in Bangalore within a week.
"Summons have been issued to Swastik Logistics in connection with illegal mining case," CBI sources said in Bellary.
Summons have also been issued to 12 other logistics companies and land dealers in Hospet.
CBI sources said summons also would be sent to logistics companies and land dealers situated and residing in Bellary on Friday.
On March 22, a five member team, headed by CBI Superintendent of Police, Subramanyeshwar Rao, had inspected Associated Mining Company and Deccan Mining Syndicate, owned by former Minister Janardhan Reddy and his wife, in Ramgad mining area in Sandur taluk in connection with itsongoing probe into illegal mining.
The team, armed with samples of the iron ore from Belikeri port which was illegally exported to various countries, compared it with iron ore in AMC and DMS mining areas, according to CBI sources.
Associated Mining Corporation and Deccan Mining Syndicate are facing a probe for alleged illegal mining following a Supreme Court directive.AMC had transported 0.80 lakh tons of iron ore to Belikeri port from Ramgad mining area on March 23 last year, CBI sources said.
CBI officials have also collected iron ore samples from Krishnapatnam port, which belonged to DMS, sources said.
According to agency sources, the DMS allegedly routed its iron ore through the Obulapuram Mining Corporation belonging to Reddy and OMC illegally exported it from Krishnapatnam port.
Reddy is in judicial custody at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore following his arrest by CBI in connection with an illegal mining case.