STD Manjunath, who is alleged to have indulged in ‘risk' transport of illegally mined ore for several years now, appeared before the officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday in Hyderabad.
CBI officials had raided Manjunath's house at Sandur on September 19 for and carried out a thorough search for incriminating documents and other material.
As Manjunath was not present during the search operations, CBI officials had served a notice on him asking him to appear before them in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
“In response to the notice, I appeared before the CBI officials — Joint Director V.V. Lakshminarayan and Additional SP R.M. Khan — and answered all their questions,” he told presspersons on Tuesday night while returning to Sandur.
Manjunath is said to have amassed wealth during the iron ore boom, particularly when the digging of ‘patta' lands became rampant. He is alleged to have indulged in ‘risk' transport of iron ore extracted illegally from the farmlands. He is also said to be an aide of G. Janardhan Reddy, who is in jail on charges of illegal mining.
Manjunath revealed that the CBI had questioned him about mining and politics and he had agreed to appear before them whenever he is summoned.
There was no information on the other two — Kharpudi Mahesh and Swastik Nagaraj from Hospet — aides of Mr. Reddy, whose houses were also raided by the CBI on Monday. They had also been served notices at their residences to appear before the CBI in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Kharpudi Mahesh and Swastik Nagaraj, named in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, are said to have gone into hiding immediately after Mr. Reddy's arrest.