Staff Correspondent

Government accused of not protecting State’s resources

Reddy brothers criticised for obtaining stay order

‘Gram panchayat members being held captive as reaction to JD(S)-Congress alliance’

BELLARY: The Janata Dal (Secular) will file a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court seeking a direction to the State Government to initiate a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged encroachment of land on the inter-State border in Bellary for illegal mining.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, JD(S) district unit president N. Suryanarayan Reddy said that the issue had been discussed thoroughly in the party, and they were convinced that the State border with Andhra Pradesh had been disturbed and there was rampant illegal mining.

“When the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government has failed to protect land and natural, mineral and forest resources belonging to the State, and the Government of Andhra Pradesh has said that the inter-State boundary lines were destroyed and illegal mining was carried out in the border areas, the JD(S) has decided to file a writ before the High Court for a probe,” he said.

He alleged that the fact that Reddy brothers had approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court to obtain a stay on the CBI inquiry clearly indicated that they were involved in illegal mining activities on the inter-State border. “The Reddy brothers, who claim to have the highest regard for the judiciary, should not have obtained a stay order and should have quit their ministerial berths to ensure a free and fair inquiry into the allegations against them,” he said.

Mr. Suryanarayan Reddy, referring to Bellary Gram Panchayat members allegedly being held captive by the Bharatiya Janata Party, alleged that it was a knee-jerk reaction following the alliance between the Congress and the JD(S) for the Council elections. He criticised the Chief Minister for working against farmers and using violence against them.