CBI chargesheets Reddy, relative, ex-official in illegal mining case

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SummaryThe 186-page chargesheet, submitted in a special CBI court, names 201 witnesses and comes with a total of 607 supporting documents running into hundreds of pages

The CBI Saturday chargesheeted G Janardhana Reddy, his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy and former director of mines, Andhra Pradesh, V D Rajagopal in Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) illegal mining case.

The 186-page chargesheet, submitted in a special CBI court, names 201 witnesses and comes with a total of 607 supporting documents running into hundreds of pages.

In the chargesheet, the CBI alleged that OMC deliberately distorted boundaries and markings of mines leased to it between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and engaged in rampant illegal mining in the reserve forest area in Bellary and Anantapur districts.

All three accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, theft, criminal trespass, breach of trust by a public servant and forgery, CBI Joint Director V V Lakshminarayana said. He said the investigation was conducted using advanced scientific methods, including forensic accounting.

The name of IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, who was freed on bail Friday, did not figure in the chargesheet as the CBI is yet to get permission from the Central to prosecute her.

The CBI also did not include the director of OMC B Rajasekhar, who was arrested on Friday. The CBI may file a supplementary chargesheet against Srilakshmi, Rajasekhar and others later.

The CBI registered a case against OMC on December 7, 2009, and started a probe. On December 12, 2009, the Andhra Pradesh High Court stayed the probe. The stay was, however, vacated about a year later on December 16, 2010, paving the way for a full-fledged probe. On September 5, 2011, the CBI arrested Janardhana Reddy and Srinivas Reddy from Bellary. Rajagopal was arrested on November 13.

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