A CBI court on Monday extended till July 2 judicial custody of former Karnataka Minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and his personal assistant Mehfooz Ali Khan, arrested in connection with an illegal mining case involving his firm that allegedly caused a loss of Rs. 480 crore to the state exchequer.

CBI court judge B M Angadi extended the judicial custody of Mr. Reddy and his personal assistant after the CBI filed an application seeking extension of their custody.

Associated Mining Corporation and Deccan Mining Syndicate owned by Mr. Reddy and his wife Aruna Lakshmi have been facing probe over charges of illegal mining.

Former minister and Congress leader V Muniyappa and some others are the other accused in the case.

Mr. Reddy is currently lodged in Bangalore Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara on the city outskirts.

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