Why were mining lease boundaries adjacent to State-A.P. border changed, he asks

Mine owner Tapal Ganesh has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to seek a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged illegal mining on Karnataka–Andhra Pradesh border.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Ganesh said the former Bellary Deputy Conservator of Forest S. Muthaiah, in his confession that appeared in a section of the print media, had mentioned about the connivance of his department in allowing illegal mining. He had also spoken about how the former Minister and jailed mining baron, Gali Janardhan Reddy, misused his power to amass wealth. However, Mr. Muthaiah had not mentioned anything about the destruction of the inter-State border and the altering of mining lease boundaries adjacent to it that benefited Mr. Reddy, he said.

“We have made allegations about the connivance of officials umpteen times. Even the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s fact-finding committee, headed by Congress leader V.S. Ugrappa, pointed out this in its reports, besides mentioning how the mineral resources belonging to the State were looted by altering the boundaries, Mr. Ganesh said.

The committee had also recommended a CBI probe.

Moreover, the Andhra Pradesh government had already handed over the case of alleged illegal mining by six mining companies, including the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Mr. Reddy, to the CBI. Such being the case, it would be pertinent for the Congress government to hand over the case to the CBI,” Mr. Ganesh said.

Reiterating charges that the Forest Department officials had changed the mining lease boundaries adjacent to the inter-State border after a survey at the behest of Mr. Reddy, Mr. Ganesh said a CBI probe would bring to light why the lease boundaries were changed and for whose benefit.

“The Lokayukta, in its report on illegal mining, had mentioned about the inter-State boundaries being disturbed. The three-member high powered committee, constituted by the Andhra Pradesh government, found around 29 lakh tonnes of high grade ore being transported by the OMC while such high grade ore was not available in its mines. This hinted at the fact that the high grade ore was extracted illegally from mining leases belonging to the State,” he said.

Urged

Mr. Ganesh urged the Chief Minister to order an inquiry to ascertain about the false cases being foisted on all those who raised their voice against illegal mining when the writ of the Reddys ran in Bellary, and withdraw all the cases. “False cases were booked against many people, including me and former Minister M. Diwakar Babu, for raising our voice against illegal mining,” he added.


  • ‘Mineral resources belonging to the State were looted by altering the boundaries’

  • ‘False cases were booked against those who raised their voice against illegal mining’


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