Hyderabad, Dec 3(ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a chargesheet in the illegal mining case against Obulapuram Mining Company owned by former Karnataka Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy.
This was disclosed by V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, Joint Director of CBI, Southern Range, after he submitted the chargesheet before the designated court in Hyderabad.
The chargesheet contains over thousand pages indicting Janardhana Reddy, his brother-in-law B.V. Srinivas Reddy who is also the Managing Director of the mining firm and V.D. Rajagopal, former Director of Mines and Geology, Andhra Pradesh.
"Today we have filed a chargesheet in the Obulapuram mining case against five accused today under sections 120b, 420, 409, 468,471 of Indian Penal Code and section 13 to be read with 13 1d of the prevention of the corruption act. The chargesheet is about 186 pages and we have cited about 201 oral witnesses and 607 documents. All these 607 documents contain more than about 50000 pages," Narayana said.
"In this investigation we have used the most latest techniques. We have made use of the help of satellites imageries and also we have done the most advanced surveying techniques and also forensic accounting methods have been employed in this particular investigation," he added.
The sections under IPC 120-B covers criminal conspiracy, 409 pertains to criminal breach of trust by public servant, 420 for cheating, 468 for forgery with purpose of cheating, 471 for using forged document or electronic record as a genuine one and various other relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Reddys, were arrested on September 5 are presently under judicial custody and lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison here along with Rajagopal, who was arrested subsequently.
The Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) is charged of indulging into illegal mining in the Bellary Reserve Forest area, which falls between Bellary district of Karnataka and Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh by changing mining lease boundary markings between the two states.
The CBI had registered the case against the firm back in December, 2009 on the request of the Andhra Pradesh government suspecting the firm of illegal mining.
The CBI had also being investigating against the allegations of irregularities in allotment of mining leases to OMC in Obulapuram and Malpanagudi villages of Anantapur district of the state. (ANI)