A three-member Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, headed by its Joint Director V.V. Lakshminarayana, on Thursday conducted searches in the offices of Krishnaptnam Port Company Ltd. (KPCL) here to verify the quantity of iron ore exported from there by the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC).

The CBI officials, who are inquiring into the alleged illegal mining by OMC, which is owned by the former Karnataka Minister G. Janardhan Reddy, went through the records of Krishnapatnam Port as well as the Customs Office.

Export ban

They were trying to find out whether iron ore was exported even after the Government imposed a ban on its export, besides checking whether the stocks delivered by OMC tallied with the iron ore exported from the port and the procedure followed by the mining company in shifting the material.

Documents to be verified

Speaking to presspersons after visiting the port, Mr. Lakshminarayana said about 14.43 lakh tonnes of iron ore belonging to OMC had been exported to various countries from Krishnapatnam Port between 2006 and 2009. “However, it will take some time to verify the documents.”