Former Director of Mines V.D. Rajagopal, an accused in the illegal mining case against Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), was grilled for over three hours by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday in the disproportionate assets case against Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. His examination assumes significance following the CBI’s reported plans to file another supplementary charge-sheet.

He was reportedly questioned about the allotment of limestone mines to Penna Cements and Dalmia Cements and extension of lease by 25 years to India Cements in Kadapa district. Mr. Rajagopal, who is out on bail in the illegal mining case, was questioned on what sort of directions he, as the Director of Mines, had received from his higher-ups and from the Chief Minister’s office prior to the allotment of mines.

The investigating agency had alleged that Penna Cements was allotted 231.91 acres land in Kurnool district for limestone mining out of 30.474 hectare land already allotted to another cement company. It was also allotted another extent of 822.13 acres for limestone mining in Ranga Reddy district.

Similarly, Dalmia Cements was transferred the mining lease in an extent of 407.05 ha in Kadapa district held by another firm.

The three cement companies are charged with making huge investments on quid pro quo basis in companies belonging to Mr. Jagan in lieu of getting the mining leases.

  • Former official questioned on allotment of limestone mines to cement companies

  • CBI reportedly plans to file another supplementary charge-sheet