CBI raids Janardhana Reddy’s associates

Six teams of CBI conducted raids at the residences of members of Bellary Zila Panchayat Rajshekhar Gowda and Gurulingana Gowda.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2011, 11:40 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Bangalore: In more trouble for the mining czar Gali Janardhana Reddy, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday raided premises of former Karnataka minister’s two associates in Bellary.

A 11-member CBI team headed by Superintendent of Police Venkatesh from Hyderabad this morning conducted raids at the residence of Gram Panchayat member Rajashekara Gowda and Gurulinge Gowda, chairman of the Bellary Urban Development Authority (BUDA) located at Renukacharya
Nagara. Both are said to be close associates of Janardhana Reddy.

It is believed that the arrested Janardhana Reddy had helped them in getting elevated to high ranks in the local bodies across the state.

Sources said that the CBI team might conduct searches on the premises of some more associates of Reddy.

The raids come after Janardhana Reddy and his relative B Srinivasa Reddy were sent to jail on September 05 after a special court remanded them to 14 days judicial custody in an illegal mining case in Andhra Pradesh.

Janardhana Reddy, a lawmaker in Karnataka, and Srinivasa Reddy were arrested in a case registered against them in 2009 for illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh`s Anantapur district, bordering Karnataka.