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Updated: June 18, 2012 14:49 IST

How mining mafia established a “republic of fear” in Bellary

Sudipto Mondal
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An April 2006 image (top) of the Dalmia mines shows a verdant expanse. In the Google Earth image (below) obtained in March 2010, the area is seen ravaged by massive mining.
An April 2006 image (top) of the Dalmia mines shows a verdant expanse. In the Google Earth image (below) obtained in March 2010, the area is seen ravaged by massive mining.

Witnesses who have testified against Janardhan Reddy and his men fear the mining baron's release from jail

A torrent of calls flooded the CBI unit in Bangalore when T. Pattabhi Ramarao, the CBI judge in distant Hyderabad, granted bail to the jailed mining baron, G. Janardhan Reddy, on May 11.

Many of the frantic calls were from the 300-plus witnesses painstakingly persuaded by the CBI-Bangalore to testify in the case registered against Mr. Reddy's flagship firm, the Associated Mining Company (AMC).

Download PDF — Dalmia mines: April 2006 and March 2010

Mr. Reddy's judicial custody at the Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore ends on Monday. On the directions of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, he is likely to be re-arrested as soon as he steps out.

Although path-breaking in its detailed evidence-based indictment of Mr. Reddy, the final Lokayukta report on illegal mining had its limitations. By contrast, the CBI's unique position as a statutory investigative body has enabled it to find the evidence that, it believes, clinches what the Lokayukta could but indicate.

“During the peak of Reddy's reign over Bellary, some witnesses had been kidnapped, others beaten and almost all intimidated by Reddy and his henchmen,” a CBI officer in Bangalore told The Hindu on condition of anonymity. Their testimonies given under oath before the judge of the Special CBI Court in Bangalore would make it difficult for them to retract their statements. But the CBI's fear was some of the witnesses may prefer the wrath of the court to the threat of violence. “Our entire case was on the verge of collapse until the Andhra Pradesh High Court stepped in and suspended Pattabhi Ramarao on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 crore to grant bail to Reddy,” says a CBI Police Inspector.

Lawyers of Reddy remained tight lipped when asked about whether they would launch a fresh attempt to secure the release of the former BJP minister. C.V Nagesh, senior counsel in the case told The Hindu that he is yet to be briefed by the counsel-on-record representing Mr. Reddy.

Speaking to The Hindu, senior CBI officers offered examples of how the mining mafia established a “republic of fear” in Bellary. Many of these details have not been made public before because the court where witnesses deposed and were cross-examined was out-of-bounds for reporters following the violent clash between lawyers and journalists outside the sessions courts here earlier this year — the last time Mr Reddy was produced in an open court.

For example, one key government employee states under oath: “On April 26, 2011 the Range Forest Officer sent me with my colleagues to the Lokayukta Office and asked me to meet U.V. Singh [Indian Forest Officer and chief investigator who compiled the Lokayukta's illegal mining report]. He asked us how we could issue so many mining permits [to AMC]. We explained [in writing] that there was threat and force from G.J.R. [Reddy] due to which we signed the permits.”

The same witness states that he was summoned on May 9 by Mr. Reddy. [Pooh-poohing the Lokayukta report, Ali Khan, Reddy's pointsman, allegedly stated: “The government belongs to GJR.” The witness deposed that he was forced, under threat of suspension, into signing a letter stating that U.V. Singh had coerced them into submitting statements against Mr. Reddy. Presently sharing space at the Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore with Mr. Janardhan Reddy, the 1984-born Mehfouz Ali Khan is an engineer who became one of Mr. Reddy's most trusted enforcers.

AMC — a dead mine

In his testimony, an Assistant Engineer of the Mines and Geology Department said Mr. Ali Khan coerced him to issue false stock certificates to the AMC. He yielded, knowing full well that the AMC owned a dead mine in Hospet, Bellary, which had not yielded highquality iron ore for several years. Mr. Reddy used such false certificates to legitimise ore that he had looted from other mines in the region, the CBI alleges.

Kidnapped, tortured

The testimony of the promoter of the mining firm Tiffins Barytes shows how Mr. Reddy's men used muscle power to take over the operations of other mines.

Mr. Ali Khan and his men forced their way into the leasehold area of Tiffins Barrytes and extracted one lakh tonnes of high-quality ore between January and June 2010, according to a sworn statement by a company employee.

When senior company executive Vinod Jadhav protested, he was kidnapped and tortured at an undisclosed location. His complaints to the police and other authorities yielded no action.

Muscling in

The statement by the owners of the Siddapura Iron Ore Mines further establishes the extent of collusion between bureaucrats and Mr. Reddy, the CBI says. Repeated requests by Shaik Saab, the owner of Siddapura mines, for permission to extract ore from his leasehold area were turned down by forest officials. Meanwhile, Mr. Ali Khan approached him with offers to manage the mine. He promised to get the necessary clearances and in return Mr. Saab gave Mr. Ali Khan a 75 per cent stake in the earnings.

With its implicit threat of violence, it was an offer that Shaik Saab could not refuse. Ironically, Shaik Saab did not even get the 25 per cent that he was entitled to. “I was not even allowed to enter my mine after Ali Khan took over,” he said.

Forced takeover of AMC

The manner in which Reddy and his wife G. Aruna Lakshmi came to be the owners of the Associated Mining Company is a story in itself. In his testimony, K.M. Vishwanath, the former owner of AMC, told the Court he was coerced into handing over all his mining permits to Mr. Reddy. These permits were used by the latter to legitimise ore that he used to allegedly steal from the leasehold area of the Dalmia mines in Hospet. Despite Mr. Vishwanath's protests against this extortion, Mr. Reddy and his wife Aruna Lakshmi forced themselves in as partners in AMC, the CBI alleges. Mr. Vishwanath and his other partners were subsequently edged out, and Reddy and his wife came to be the sole partners by August 2009.

Two scientific surveys commissioned by the CBI — done by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) in April 2012 -- corroborate the Lokayukta report's finding that AMC was a front for illegal mining, and the ore was actually extracted illegally from elsewhere.

Google it

While records with the Forest department, and the department of Mines and Geology state that Dalmia mines are in a state of disuse, satellite enabled images tell a different tale. (See satellite pictures) But the CBI says all the scientific evidence detailed in its chargesheet would have counted for little without the evidence from witnesses in court. A CBI investigator cites the evidence provided by an owner of a firm hired by the AMC to extract and transport ore. He showed investigators the exact spot from where he had extracted 33 lakh tonnes of ore on Mr. Ali Khan's orders.

The investigators plotted the expanse on government maps. “The site was right in the middle of the Dalmia mines, nowhere near the leasehold area of the AMC,” the investigator told The Hindu.

Give them death sentence to all these corrupt people who have swindled country's wealth for the next 150 years. Confiscate all their properties, their bank accounts and arrest all their business associates and all the corrupt ministers. Even if it includes judges top police personnel, top politicians or bank officials or Govt agencies, punish them severely and confiscate all their wealth and properties. Give them the highest capital punishment. People like Raja and Kalmadi are roaming freely and getting rousing welcome. On the contrary these corrupt people should have been given death sentence and all their properties confiscated all their business and close associates, friends and relatives should have been behind bars. It's a big shame on the Indian society. How do we trust our judiciary systems. When can we see corruption free India?????

from:  Sam
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:53 IST

Considering the sophisticated manner in which the Reddy brothers, their family members and friends coerced mine owners, conscientious bureaucrats and officers to toe their line, and taking into account Ms Sushma Swaraj and the BJP's quiet dismissal of any pretense of action against them, while hollering for the head of Raja in Parliament, the BJP must change it tagline. 'The Party with a Difference' sits uneasily when it actually should be 'Coercion and Corruption with a Difference.'

from:  Welingkar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:42 IST

This is only tip of iceberg. If some one could drill down on the activities of YSR & Jagan. Entire democratic system is abused and controlled by YSR Family. If these guys continue winning elections in AP. What could happen? It is high time now let us offer our moral support to CBI and judicial system to bring these cases to logical conclusion.

from:  Venu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:00 IST

Good Job The Hindu. Keep it up.

from:  Y K SHEETAL
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:05 IST

This sounds like the script of a b-grade rowdy movie. These people have looted the state - using whatever means were there at their wherewithal. They should be put down permanently. Beyond that - what is important is that the system should be strengthened to prevent this from happening in any part of India - in the future.

from:  Rajiv Ramanjani
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:52 IST

So nauseated by this scandal, I am advising some of my close relatives against renouncing American resident ship to move over India for good. Launching of new political outfit by Bellary Reddy's side kick Sriramulu Badava Shramika Raitha Congress (BSR Congress) who may like Jagan may sweep the election next time around in Karnataka and make Idi Amin look like saint! There is nothing left to be proud of the country.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:36 IST

These crooks will buy judges and CBI (which is a joke in India already) finally and come out scot free and start swindling again.

from:  Monga
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:09 IST

In almost every place where minerals are mined the stink of corruption rises. The Geological & Mining departments in almost every state are hotbeds of corruption. There is corruption in the way mining leases are allocated, how mines are developed, how royalties are collected (in many minerals royalty is charged on the basis of the grade of the mineral mined and in such cases high grade ore is deliberately shown as low grade for royalty purposes with the active connivance of those responsible for enforcing the law) and the list goes on an on. Politicians and officials have looted untold millions from the Govt. In Andhra Pradesh for instance, politicians for long benefited from the mines operated in the Kadapa area and elsewhere (including Pulivendala which happens to be YSR's hometown).

from:  krishna
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:26 IST

Hats off to THE HINDU for putting this article with authenticated pictures.It is very clear the REDDYS has plundered the natural resources with the blessings of babus, or other wise the babus life cannot be given any guarantee for their life.Let us take a cue from the US JUDICIARY where in rag to riches highly knowledgeable ,respected INDIAN Mr. RAJAT GUPTA who has sentenced to nearly 20 years just for INSIDER TRADING and PUBLIC PROSECUTOR is also an INDIAN who put up the case very strongly and inspite of high profile links , RAJAT GUPTA cannot influence. It is sorry state of affairs in our honorable country where in a CLASS IV EMPLOYEE or a person from a lower strata of the society will be behind bars and never any POLITICION, BUSINESS MAN, HIGH PROFILE NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS dont count the bar in a JAIL. Unless HANGING IS A SENTENCE FOR PLUNDERING A MOTHERS LAND WORTH, such people will rise now and again. More over let GOVERNMENT being the owner of natural resources sell on its own .

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:04 IST

Kudos to the Hindu for publishing this eye-opening article. Keep up the good work!

from:  Chandan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:50 IST

what is the solution for this issue ??

from:  Manik
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:19 IST

Indian politics is seriously hindering our nations progress onto becoming a leader in the 21st century. Here are some pointers 1. We've been singing 'Hum honge kamiyab...' for over sixty years now, this pissimistic attitude has to change. Swami vivekananda once said, " Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached..." 2. Radical changes has to be brought about into our electoral system. The corrupt politicians source of power comes from under informed,easily polarizable, money influenced work folks in our villages and towns alike. Well informed middle class folks on the other hand, enjoy a free holiday on day to elect their representative. Sometimes it makes one think, should the voting be fair to everyone, when it isn't fairly utilized. 3. create a strong autonomous body, which is out of influence of bureaucrats and check corruption to the last bit. The similar efforts done by china is commendable on this regard. Accountability is the key. RISE O INDIA, RISE!!!

from:  O Nithin Bharadwaj
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:50 IST

Reddy brothers or people associated to them like, Sriramulu have brought unconventional or unexpected tradition of politics and mode of cheating everyone to Karnataka. Karnataka hasn't seen such people earlier in past. People of Karnataka know from where this tradition would have come from. It's not a secret now. It must have come from borders of Karnataka. Anyway acts of them ruined environment and culture of that particular area. People must be careful while electing such people in elections.

from:  Nandan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:47 IST

I sincerely hope and Pray that Hindu should continiously bring out such articles

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:41 IST

For these kind of people, why so we need such long court sessions and investigations. Janardhan Reddy is no less culprit than Masood Azhar or any other Terrorist who is attacking from out side. Can we have fast track courts which can KILL Mr. Reddy like people Judicially ? I dream for such a time in future.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:34 IST

While a law-abiding citizen can't get away without paying a parking fine, the mighty can walk out of jails, unlocking the gates with money and influence. Corruption is rampant all over the world. In some countries it is built in to the system. US and UK export corruption to the rest of the world, and the safe havens in Switzerland, Monaco, Leichenstein, Cayman islands etc etc are safe deposit lockers for the loot. The greed and corruption at the top create the whirl pool of poverty for millions who get sucked in deeper and deeper into the mess. Wide roads, Metros, Mobile phones, IPL and a galaxy of television channels and bollywood films give a false reassurance of progress in India. Real progress and independence are a distant dream unless common man wakes up from slumber, and stands up for his rights.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:27 IST

fine.karnataka mining mafia is at last nailed.what about the tamilnadu sand mafia which has almost killed all the rivers. who is going to bell these mafia. wake up Tamils. your state is ruined.

from:  mohanraj jebamani
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:25 IST

The Hindu, Take a bow! This is a great example of gritty, honest and path breaking journalism. While rest of the newspapers in India are becoming mere extensions of the 24x7 news channels, The Hindu is redefining the role of newspaper. Keep up the good work!

from:  Lakshmanan K
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:23 IST

Where did all these iron ore go? The answer is around 90% reached China. China is decisively looting the rare earth from other countries through the anti-national criminal politicians. Please read search for these in the internet to get your own clear picture. China very well knows that Iron and other metals are very much needed for India to progress its infrastructure. Once Demand arises from India infrastructure development the very ore looted from us will be sold back to us at exorbitant rates crippling our economy.

from:  Josh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 14:09 IST

I salute the CBI officers who are working for the Nation against all odds.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 13:29 IST

Minerals are the property of the country and not the residents of the country. Why lease the land and let the lease holders alone reap the benefit of it. Mineral rich land should NOT be leased to anyone or any company. Rather the government should take full control of such mineral bearing lands and use the minerals for the benefit of the country. Crores and crores of rupees from the exported/sold minerals should be used for the development of the Nation and eradicating poverty. This will, am sure, reduce the cost of living all over the country. The Governments should think it over and take wise decisions if they love the country and not bribery.

from:  Shirley Joseph
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 13:17 IST

It was petitions filed by S R Hiremath that put former chief minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa in a spot of bother, as a result of which the Central Bureau of Investigation started a probe. S R Hiremath says that illegal mining is a criminality which was started under the Congress regime of the then chief minister S M Krishna, thanks to his (then) minister D K Shivakumar and this is a fact he plans on exposing with enough evidence in August before the Supreme Court. There is a complete report on this in REDIFF. Now what are you talking big about talking of BJP minister, BJP minister all the time, is my big question to the writer. The case is just not over and you have done a partial reporting completely hiding the Congress's hand in this. You have just presented a partial report here to malign one party and to clear the name of the real culprits.

from:  Sougandh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 13:15 IST

The Congress party could have easily made Jagan the Andhra CM and continued to rule Andhra.Instead the Central Govt ordered CBI inquiry and in the process booked the Karnataka Reddys also who enjoyed a cosy relation with BJP leaders.One of their leaders was performing Varalakshmi Vritha at the residence of Reddys in the Republic of Bellari.When Reddys were being booked by CBI initially BJP saw it as centre's conspiracy against Karnataka.Such discredited party enjoying support from the so called educated people is mind boggling.

from:  Baikadi Suryanarayana Rao
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 13:12 IST

Hardcore criminals like J Reddy and his accomplices should be publicly shot. There is no remedy for them.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 13:08 IST

Good article by The Hindu - may facts were unknown to a common man. The media should keep track of this and reach out the developments to the people. There should be an amendment in our constitution that no minister or his immediate family should ever hold or do any profitable business during his tenure as a minister or while in power. They should declare their assets before taking the oath and again declare their assets when the demit the office. Will this happen in our country? Their main purpose of entering into politics is nothing but to seek gain for their firms/colleges & schools by abusing the power.

from:  raj
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 12:50 IST

If India is to be freed from the clutches of corruption (which is
the root cause of all its problems), the cleansing should start
from the judiciary. Unless the common people believe that justice
will prevail and that too in a quick and effective manner, they
will not resist the powerful wrong doers. A judiciary which
considers itself to be beyond law, run by persons who think of
themselves as anointed rulers even while studying law, working for
a mere 3 hours a day for less than 200 days a year, giving out
rulings in exchange for favours, is unlikely to enthuse people.
What India needs is a thorough overhaul of the entire judicial
system - the constitution, the working, the accountability and the
power of all the members of the judiciary. LET US BEGIN FROM THE
SUPREME COURT and ensure that no more KG Balakrishnan's and PD
Dinakaran's will occupy high positions in the judicial systems.
Let the courts work for 8 hours a day and 250 days a year and be
reviewed by the higher courts.

from:  sbala
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 12:38 IST

SHOCKING AND DISGRACEFUL.Thanks "Hindu"for your boldness for exposing real colors of our corrupt system.

from:  Ravindra Raizada
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 12:07 IST

Instances such as the judge getting caught for bribe taking should be
taken up suo-moto by the supreme court and disposed off with exemplary
punishment. Else it can go on for years. What amazes me further is how Jagan Reddy gets elected. Shame on the electorate.

from:  Gnath
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 12:01 IST

If court fails to punish these mining mafia of Reddy brothers of Bellary, then the whole nation looses faith in judiciary to deliver justice.

from:  shivu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Janardhan Reddy, Sriramulu and Sushma Swaraj were beneficiaries of this mining mafia. Now Sushma may say otherwise, but her name-dropping made the mafia so strong and cruel in the area.

from:  Peter Sampath
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:49 IST

Am praying wholeheartedly for the health of CBI/Witnesses in this case
so that such corrupt people are jailed and all their wealth is
confiscated. This should set as an example for others as well.

from:  Shiva S
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:44 IST

The courts should once again prove that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law and the highest offices of judiciary are still not accessible to influencers and corrupt people..

from:  saran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:36 IST

All this loot and ravaging of mineral resources were done during the current regime of BJP in Karnataka. Does BJP has any morality to face elections to Parliament and State Assembly. If the Congress is corrupt, BJP is deep rooted than Congress in terms of corruption, nepotism and goonda raj.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:33 IST

This is just another example of the rot in our system. The lethal
combination of corruption, money and muscle power is evident
everywhere, be it in mining, construction, infrastructure
projects...not to forget fighting elections. It's a vicious circle.
These people earn money through illegal means and then use that same
money to get elected to assemblies and parliament. How can we expect
these very people to clean up the system?
And the most important thing in all these "games" is that there are
numerous "lives" of people which are snuffed out...REAL lives. Reading/watching news these days is a terribly depressing experience.

from:  Raj N
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:33 IST

The photograph shows the land is literally bleeding with these criminals'
mining activities. God save the land !!!!

from:  Sakthi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:20 IST

This looks like an Indian movie. The people involved must be sent to prison in far fetched locations, miles away from their home state. Else they will continue to exert influence.

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 11:03 IST

The region and the land had been damaged beyond repair - All these
criminals must be given a LIFE Sentence - so that they do NOT benefit
from the wealth. Also, it will be a warning to other illegal activities.

from:  srinivasan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:51 IST

He and his followers will eventually get bail. The judge should put this trial on fast track and sentence him to life, with out bail possibility.

from:  Srinivas Reddy
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:47 IST

Mr. Reddy must not be exculpated so easily. With so many
testimonies of the witnesses against him, it is quite evident that
Mr. Reddy has used power and influence to illegally sell iron under
the name of AMC. A strong case should be formed and all the
witnesses need to be assured that they would be protected. This is
a big case and truth need to win.

from:  Karrtavya
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:42 IST

The story shows how national resources are looted and manipulated
in Government records and no powerful person is punished. Honest
officers whether in Govt. or Private sector are bundled out to
insignificant roles or eliminated.

from:  Atma Gandhi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:33 IST

This report shows how democracy could be so easily hijacked by mafias and people
and institutions could be forced into submission. The Bellary Reddy brothers don't have the finesse of Jagan Mohan Reddy and his father, although they are kindred souls. They should have learnt from YSR Reddy's politics that you can more effectively loot the people even as you successfully project yourself as their saviour!

from:  M N Panini
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:30 IST

GJR, his wife and cronies should get the maximum punishment. Threat, coercion and violence used to build business empires is the law of the jungle and not of a civilised society.

from:  Renu Manpat
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:25 IST

The very fact that people like jagan exist and succesfully contest and win elections is a failure of indian CBI and also the political system. It feels highly disheartening to see that such corrupted people are actually even allowed to contest elections. Sadly, our politics has a lot of people who share similar story and we expect that these people would actually help in the growth of the country.

from:  Ravikant
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:48 IST

Excellent work by The Hindu! Other media houses should follow the story so that these 300-plus people are saved.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:45 IST

India is made up of 'Gunda' Raj !!

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:45 IST

mine blowing!!

from:  Surya
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:30 IST

Shocking , mind boggling , mind numbing revelations ! That such a mafia could operate in free India in 2005-10 period engulfing the people , the beauracracy , the judiciary , the law enforcing agencies , and all when a legitimate 'Governmnet ' was in power in the state is something every Indian must think & ponder .We citizens must blame ourselves . When EDUCATED AND THE MIDDLE CLASS INDIAN DONT VOTE OR IGNORE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS TOTALLY ,then by default we get wrong people in the right places , running a Govt in the name of the people . Atkeast now hope we Indians are learning our lessons .

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:18 IST

Good reporting. Looks like the Reddy Mafia has not yet bought off all the media. A democracy can continue to thrive if the media and judiciary remain proactive. MMSingh must lead the way and convict all the economic offenders in his left over time in office.

from:  suma
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:15 IST

it shows if people are vigilant and CBI takes effort,corruption can be
curtailed to a certain extent

from:  l.s.mohandoss
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:14 IST

Pure horror!! And who gave this guy the support? The ex-CM of AP-YS
Rajasekhara Reddy!! And the link between Gali and Jagan Reddy is the 18
acreland gifted to Jagan by Gali Janardhana Reddy with a helipad!! If
law does not take action with Gali Janardhan Reddy-that day there is no
hope for democracy in India. No hope for sure!!!

from:  Abbas
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 09:04 IST

This is a clear evidence that all our systems totally institutionalized corruption. We read many reports that on an average that Gali brothers earned rs. 10,000 Cr per day for years from illeagl mining. The late YSR and former CM granted another mining against rules with IAS officers(who are in JAIL now). Why do not government involve in doing this mining and supply the same material to VIzag steel plants etc instead of individuals send it to China and outside India? Thanks, Kumar

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 08:13 IST

Reddy and his henchmen sold off the country, with no witness protection
programs there is little hope that Reddy will be actually convicted for
his crimes.

from:  Nandita
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 07:39 IST

Congrats on this investigative report. You are emerging as a meaningful
Newspaper in breaking stories. There's no doubt this story will change
many things we do. The story is worth billions of dollars. Thank you.
Please work on the criminals who plunder our nation. And don't spare the
corrupt judges.

from:  Santhosh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 07:21 IST

This is what I don't get about corrupt officials. You actually think
people are not going to find out. Eventually they will, it might take
years, but eventually the truth always comes out. Same with the dictators
in the middle east, they just do not get it. And what off the money and
wealth they accumulate, that are disproportional to their assets. Do they
think the India public is stupid. India is changing, the public
expectations are also changing.

from:  Abner
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 06:36 IST

Should the judge be found guilty by the court, he should be hung in
public so that other judges do not indulge in such things. But,
unfortunately, it will never happen in India. At the most , he may
go to jail for a few years. What doe it matter when he has made
enough money for a dozen generations in one go ? Our laws are made
to protect the guilty and hence nothing much will happen in this

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 06:29 IST

It is easy to dismiss the mining mafia as a Karnataka's problem, but the reality is that it spans many states, most importantly Andhra Pradesh. The then Congress CM YS Rajashekar Reddy and mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy were conjoined in this massive loot of India's resources, YSR helped GJR with permits that are mind boggling and YSR in turn got a hefty return whose fortunes we now see in his son YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Who is to be blamed here, a CM who abuses his power or the central command that very well knows these lootings but keeps quiet.
What the people living in Ivory Towers in Delhi do know is to throw a CBI inquiry to sweep its ugly dirt under the carpet. The bane of this country is this current ruling party, until and unless the looters are thrown out more and more scams will occur with a devilish regularity.

from:  N Suresh Kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 06:27 IST

Just amazing how the national resources can be looted by politicians. GJr should be given death or life sentence for his crimes.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:52 IST

It's a shame that the goverment has not provided security for the witnesses, because it involves former minister of the BJP. The BJP govt of Karnataka have some answering to do or else lose the elctions in Karnataka. Moreover, why did the central govt or the CBI not providing protection for the witnesses families?

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:45 IST

Misuse of money power cannot be more blatant. The system is susceptible to the overtures of money power. Unless all right thinking people of the country unite and speak with one voice the malaise cannot be eradicated. The is just one Janardhana Reddy. There would be lakhs of others on varying scales of money power keeping the politicians in their control and dictating terms.
We still have to evolve as a enlightened democracy exercising our adult franchise in the interest of the nation free from considerations of caste,creed or religion and freebies doled by the contestants. Most importantly the law enforcing bodies should stand by honest citizens and protect thems from the machinations of mafia attached to such barons.

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:38 IST

Oh my God, what has my country come to? This person should never be let out of prison, atleast for the sake of the witnesses, the public & the entire nation. When we think of abhorrence for capital punishment, we wonder if we should retain it atleast for people of this plundering & manipulative genius...

from:  Arun Koshy
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:26 IST

Incredible story. Looks like a Bollywood flick. I just wandering, Mrs.
Sonia Gandhi contested her election from Bellary. Can I join some dots

from:  Vikas
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:16 IST

its a very good news that this terrorist is caught and a very good example how well our state machinery works(CBI)when there is no political blockade for it.This whole gali episode because of sonia's fall out with jagan reddy.May be its political vendetta atleast two evil genius are behind bars and CBI showed its true potential

from:  mahesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:14 IST

A request to the Hindu, please keep track of the developments in the
corruption cases of GJR and Jagan. They both are capable of doing
anything (including murder) to disprove the cases against them. Only a
constant media vigil can avoid any misdoings in these cases and give
some strength and confidence to the involved witnesses.

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 05:08 IST

Welcome!!! to Democracy. This is another typical example of India
towards where it is heading. Oh God please save India for these looters.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 04:57 IST

I whole heartedly appreciate "The Hindu" and Sudip in bringing out such a wonderful article. This is a good example of Investigative journalism. These culprits who are looting the common Men and the Environment need to be booked and put into the jails forever. I have become an ardent fan of The Hindu

from:  Ramyavaran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 04:46 IST

GREED is the reason. How much money is enough for one family and its descendants? This sounds and looks worse than the looting by East India Company. Those responsible for plundering the natural resources of the country should be punished severely. The wealth amassed by these people should be confiscated and used for restoration of the forests and rehabilitating the people affected by them.

from:  Hemnath
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 04:42 IST

Welcome to the land of "mines". In the name of democracy people are
looting natural resources of our nation. Until some meteor falls on
our nation and changes everything, like what happened during the days
of dinosaur, nothing can change our nation. We are bound by the laws
of nation that were made during the British era to fool the common
public and loot the nation. Educate the common public to vote for the
right candidate. We need to build this nation from grounds up.
Lokayukta is a good initiative but there is nothing in our law to
protect or strengthen it. Amend the laws. Let's start a movement to
amend the laws.

from:  Kirpsv
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 04:25 IST

My God, My country is also looted by my own country men. It is time for
us to put new law and order in place, I would suggest no politician and
her/his family should hold any property for life time other than they
had before coming to politics. Only who can abide by such rules can
contest in elections and hold the office. After their political life,
let them live on state benefits if they have nothing for them.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 04:06 IST

The satellite images accompanying the article warrant more discussion and explanation. The resolution of the images is quite low, but I can decipher that the upper image (2006) is a false-colour one (vegetation showing up as red), whereas the lower Google Earth image (2010) is a true-colour one. The two images cannot be visually compared directly, especially to calculate and demonstrate the extent of change. It is important that the analysis on which the comparison is based be provided.

from:  Ninad
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 03:12 IST

Money is might.Politicians are fooling people by calling India a
superpower.It will be justified only on the day law is enforced which
will never happen.So India will never be a super power.The world is run
by the multinationals and India by the same rich people who have the
politicians and every other branch of Govt agencies at their mercy.All
these witnesses will be left in a lurch soon.

from:  Nasar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 02:59 IST
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