The Income Tax department on Monday raided former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy’s Obulapuram mining company in Bellary. Reddy had caught the attention of the Income Tax officials for allegedly spending Rs 500 crore after his daughter’s wedding. Reddy had earlier been arrested in 2012 in illegal mining cases. Since his release on bail last year, Reddy was busy planning his daughter’s nuptials that took place at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Brahmani Reddy tied the knot with Rajeev Reddy, son of Panyam Vikram Deva Reddy, an Andhra Pradesh businessman with mining interests in Africa. There was considerable celebrity presence at the wedding with guests like Punith Raj Kumar, Ravichandran, Vishal Krishna, Suman, Sharath Babu and performances from Telugu stars Rakul Preet and comedian Brahmanand and Kannada star Yash at the reception.
Janardhana Reddy had reportedly recreated the entire Vijayanagara empire on a whopping 36 acres of land in Bengaluru. According to reports, Reddy believes that he’s the reincarnation of the 14th century Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya. Reddy’s daughter Brahmini tied the knot with Rajeev Reddy, son of a Hyderabad businessman. The marriage pavilion resembled the Vijaya Vittala temple in Hampi. The whole decoration was done by famous and costliest Bollywood art directors and hundreds of labourers have been working on it. Reddy had recreated a village, filled with elephants, chariots and camels, to put up a traditional front.
While the Indian government implemented the demonetiosation scheme overnight on November 8 in a bold move to tackle the stream of black money, Reddy’s extravagant wedding ceremony was bound to grab the attention of the income Tax officials.