The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday refused to grant bail to IFS officer S. Muthaiah and retired Deputy Director of Mines and Geology Department S.P. Raju, accused in the illegal mining case against the former Minister G. Janardhan Reddy-owned Associated Mining Company (AMC).

Justice H.N. Nagamohan Das passed the order while holding that the court cannot brush aside the apprehension of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the case, that the accused may tamper with the witnesses and also hamper further investigation if enlarged on bail.

“The accused were holding responsible positions during relevant period and the CBI needs to record the statement of many persons who were subordinates to these accused and many documents are required to be recovered,” the court said while observing that further investigation in the AMC case was under way.

Meanwhile, the CBI had pointed out that these two were prime accused in the fresh cases registered on September 13 based on the Supreme Court’s September 7 order to probe illegal mining and export of iron ore from Bellary, and illegal export of ore from Belekeri port.

The CBI had also pointed out to the High Court that the Supreme Court had prohibited all courts in the country from entertaining any challenge to the investigations carried out in these cases.

Muthaiah and Raju have been accused of conniving with persons connected with AMC.

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