NGOs demand removal of Somasekhar Reddy

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 22:25

Bangalore: Two non-governmental organisations
today urged Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to
remove the "tainted" Somasekhar Reddy from the chairmanship of
Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) and initiate criminal
proceedings against him for illegal mining as per the second
Lokayukta report.

"In fact, Somasekhara Reddy had laid the foundation for
carrying out illegal mining activities in Bellary and Sandur
areas ... Therefore he must be removed and initiate criminal
proceedings against him," National Committee for Protection of
Natural Resources (NCPNR) Convenor, S R Hiremath, told
reporters here.

Somasekhara Reddy is a brother of former Karnataka minister
and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, now in CBI custody.
NCPNR, along with Jana Sangram Parishat (JSP) are pressing
for the removal of Reddy from the chairmanship of Karnataka
Milk Federation (KMF), he said.

He also urged the state government to take action against
700 officials, including the then Bellary Deputy Conservator
of Forests S Muthaiah for allegedly colluding with illegal
miners.

"Irrefutable evidence" of illegal mining and gross abuse of
power by Somasekhar Reddy has been established in the second
Lokayukta report submitted by Justice Santosh Hegde, he said.
He also urged the state government to take action against
700 officials, including the then Bellary Deputy Conservator
of Forests S Muthaiah for allegedly colluding with illegal
miners.

"Irrefutable evidence" of illegal mining and gross abuse of
power by Somasekhar Reddy has been established in the second
Lokayukta report submitted by Justice Santosh Hegde, he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 22:25
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