Courts will do justice on allegations of illegal mining: Reddy

The Reddy brothers have expressed hope that courts will do them justice on illegal mining.

Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 11:09 AM IST

New Delhi: The Reddy brothers have expressed
hope that courts will do them justice on the allegations of
illegal mining levelled against them in Karnataka.

G Janardhana Reddy, Karanataka Tourism Minister and one
of the Reddy brothers, hailing from Bellary -- the area of
their influence, claimed that the brothers have no mining
business in the state and their operations were in
neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

"Justice will be done some day, if not today. They (the
investigating bodies like CBI) cannot find any mistakes so far
(against us) and I believe in courts. Finally, we are waiting
for the orders," Reddy said.

The case will be heard by the Supreme Court from
tomorrow, he said.

Reddy has vowed not to do any business in the state in
future and has exited from the Bramhani Industries` Karnataka
unit by selling his entire stake to the promoters of Uttam
Galva Steels for Rs 285 crore.

He also refuted all allegations of illegal mining against
the brothers, saying these are entirely politically-motivated
as they do not have had any mining activities in Karnataka.

"These are allegations against us. It`s because I come
from Bellary. I am the district in-charge and there in lies
the problem as huge mining activities are happening there. We
are being targeted politically," Reddy said.

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee
recently reported "colossal" illegal mining in Karnataka,
particularly in Bellary district, with "active" connivance of
officials of the departments concerned and also public

Though Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa defended the Reddy
brothers saying "they have no role in it", state Governor H R
Bhardwaj hit out at the government for its "failure" to act
against G Karunakara and G Janardhana Reddy.

Claiming innocence in the entire controversy, Reddy said
they did not own a single iron ore mine in Karnataka and nor
do they intend to have any in future.

He further said that the allegations were levelled
against him in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh because of his
proximity to the late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and
his son Jagan Mohan Reddy.

"We never had any business relationship with Jagan or YSR
family. I knew YSR since my childhood, when he was not a Chief
Minister. This is totally a politically motivated. After YSR`s
death, all of this started, when K Rosaiah became CM because
they thought I have got some understanding with Jagan Mohan
Reddy. That`s the only reason," Reddy said.

Asked about the report of the Supreme Court-appointed
Central Empowered Committee, the Minister said, "The CEC has
recommended for imposition of penalties on other mines. But
for us, they said cancel the mining leases for the same

"SC said very clearly to them in an one line order that
whether Oblapuram Mining Company (OMC) is operating in forest
area or not? After a Supreme Court order, the Survey of India
conducted surveys in our mining areas in Andhra and they said
we are operating in a deficit area."