Bangalore: A day after the Supreme Court
favoured CBI investigation into the illegal mining in Bellary
district, Karnataka government on Saturday said it would extend
cooperation to the investigating agency.
"We are committed to abide by the Supreme Court order. We
will go by whatever direction the Supreme Court gives. We will
extend all cooperation in this regard", Chief Minister D V
Sadananda Gowda told reporters here.
The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee
(CEC) had conducted its probe under the legal frame work on
illegal mining in parts of the state, he noted.
The apex court yesterday wanted CBI to probe into linkage
between illegal mining in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh and
Bellary in Karnataka allegedly involving the Reddy brothers.
The court said the mining of ore by Associated Mining
Company (AMC) owned by former Karnataka minister G Janardhana
Reddy and Deccan Mining Syndicate (DMS) was routed through
Obulapuram in Andhra Pradesh.
Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivasa Reddy have already
been arrested by CBI and lodged in Chanchalaguda jail in
Hyderabad in connection with illegal mining.
A report submitted by Karnataka Lokayukta into illegal
mining has indicted Janardhana Reddy, his two brothers and
their associate former minister B Sreeramulu.