Karnataka court issues summons against former State Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy alleged of large scale illegal extraction, transportation, trading of iron ore

Karnataka court issues summons against former State Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy alleged of large scale illegal extraction, transportation, trading of iron ore

The Karnataka High Court issued the summons against former state Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy alleged of large scale illegal extraction, transportation and trading of iron ore.

Background

The three accused are Ex.MLC and Minister, Personal Secretary and Partner of M/s.Devi Enterprises and Director of M/s. Obalapuram Mining Company and Partner of M/s.Sri.Minerals. During the Year 2009-10, the officials of Income Tax Department, Government of India, Bangalore, organized raids on the premises of many individuals and their firms and seized a large number of incriminating documents, vast digital data among other things. Vital information was seized from the premises of accuseds and others, extraordinarily large scale illegal extraction, transportation and trading of iron ore was undertaken. 

During the course of investigation, the accused have sold 125419 M.T iron ore powder to N. Sheksab Mines, M/s.Thirumal Conveyor Systems, without obtaining permission from DMG and without paying the royalty and other charges to the State Government. 

Allegations

The I.O has filed the charge sheet along with documents before the court for the offence punishable under section 379, 409, 420, 468, and 471, read with section 120B of IPC which is in connection to this Private Complaint. 

The complainant prayed to take those documents into consideration while dealing with this Private Complaint since they are relying upon the very same documents.

Court order

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Karnataka Preeth  noted that the prima-facie case is made out against the accused persons from the materials placed, to take cognizance of the offence punishable under section 21 and 23, R/w.4(1) and 4(1A) of Mines and Minerals Development and Regulations Act, 1957.

The court ordered the office to register a Criminal Case against the Accused for the offence punishable Under section 21 and 23, R/w.4(1), 4(1A) of Mines and Minerals Development and Regulations Act, 1957 and issue summons to the Accused.

Case title: the Superintendent v/s G. Janardhana Reddy

Click here to read the Order/Judgment

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