S.R. Hiremath of the Samaj Parivarthan Samudaya and petitioner in the Supreme Court on illegal mining, said on Wednesday that he would appeal to the Supreme Court to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into illegal mining in Karnataka.

“The illegal mining done by G. Janardhan Reddy-owned ‘Associated Mining Corporation' (AMC) is a fit case to be investigated by the CBI, as he misused his power to the hilt during his mining activities,” Mr. Hiremath told presspersons here. Mr. Hiremath, a member of the National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR), , urged Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to remove G. Somashekar Reddy, MLA from his post as chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation

He said the NCPNR wanted Mr. Gowda to initiate criminal proceedings against Mr. Somashekar Reddy for his alleged involvement in illegal mining and intimidation of officers who tried to take action against it.

Mr. Hiremath said that Mr. Reddy had misused his powers to get his name deleted from the complaint lodged by Ramalingaiah, a geologist in the office of the Deputy Director of Mines and Geology.

He said that when Mr. Ramalingaiah came across cases of illegal mining, he was informed that it was being done at the behest of Mr. Reddy.

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