Illegal mining: Reddy to appear before court
Posted on: 10:28 AM IST Mar 02, 2012
New Delhi: Former Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhan Reddy of the BJP is likely to be produced in a CBI court in Bangalore on Friday. Reddy, along with his brother-in-law, has been in jail since their arrest in September 2011 over his alleged involvement in an illegal mining case.
Reddy was taken to Bangalore on Thursday by road amid heavy security in the wake of the warrant issued by a Karnataka court, officials said.
Reddy has been under judicial remand since September 5 and was lodged at Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad.
The prison officials said, "Reddy had sought to be shifted by air in view of security reasons... however, he is being taken by road to Bangalore by the Chanchalguda authorities and will be produced before a court there tomorrow."
A warrant issued by special court for CBI cases in Bangalore required Reddy to be produced before it on March 2 in connection with illegal mining activity by Associated Mining Company (AMC), according to officials. On Thursday, Reddy had moved a petition through his counsel in the Special Court for CBI cases urging the court to direct Chanchalguda jail authorities to shift him to Bangalore by air in view of safety consideration and long distance at his "own cost".
However, the court left it to the Chanchalguda jail authorities to decide stating that the petition may be considered if it (shiting by air) is not prohibited under the AP Jail Rules or under any other law.
The CBI in Karnataka had filed an FIR against 21 persons, including Gali Janardhan Reddy, his wife Aruna, former minister and Congress leader V Muniyappa and others in connection with illegal quarrying by Associated Mining Company (AMC), owned by Reddy and his spouse.