The Samaj Parivarthan Samudaya (SPS), which has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against illegal mining in the forest areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, has submitted a fresh set of documents to the Central Empowered Committee (CEC), pertaining to tax evasion, gross abuse of power and illegal mining by the Reddy brothers.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, S.R. Hiremath of the SPS said that he had spoken to and placed key documents before the CEC, showing that G. Janardhan Reddy, mine owner and Minister for Tourism, and his wife were partners in the Associated Mining Company at Ramgadh in Sandur taluk. The documents also included a copy of a complaint by an official from the Department of Mines and Geology, and the FIR filed by Sandur police relating to an incident involving G. Somashekar Reddy, MLA and chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation, who is one of the Reddy brothers. Documents regarding tax evasion and overseas connections were also shown. Mr. Hiremath said the CEC's attention was drawn to the FIR dated September 10, 2009 pertaining to illegal mining at Ramgadh, in which Mr. Somashekar Reddy and his “henchmen” were allegedly involved. The CEC had agreed to follow up on the matter.
Mr. Hiremath said he was hopeful that the CEC would submit a comprehensive report to the Supreme Court with recommendations to ban mining in Bellary forest areas; take decisive action against illegal mining; recover ill-gotten money and take effective action against the perpetrators of crimes against nature and the people. He also hoped they would initiate measures to restore the rule of law in Bellary and other parts of the State.