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Focus back on Reddys as Karnataka crisis rages on - CNN-IBN July 13, 2010
Once struggling entrepreneurs in Bellary district, the Reddy brothers have a lot to thank Congress president Sonia Gandhi and China's hunger for steel for the meteoric rise in their political and financial clout in just over 10 years.

Their finances started soaring in 2002 when Janardhana Reddy turned to iron ore mining in Obulapuram in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

With China devouring steel as it built stadiums, infrastructure and other facilities for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the global economy in a boom phase, iron ore prices skyrocketed. So did the riches of the Reddy brothers. They switched over from cycle/scooter to luxury cars and choppers.

Govt let Reddy bros have the last laugh in 15 cases Times of India Fri, July 16, 2010
The BJP govt has withdrawn 233 cases, including 04 against tourism minister G Janardhan Reddy and 11 against health minister B Sriramulu against the wishes of the DGP, prosecution department and the law department.

The govt has withdrawn cases against its MLAs and Sangh Parivar functionaries. Some of them are K G Bopaiah, C T Ravi, BJP President K S Eshwarappa, Sunil Kumar, ABVP state secretary N Ravi Kumar and Hindu Jagaran Vedike state convener Jagadish Karanth.

Illegal mining stalls Karnataka assembly for third day - Wed, July 14, 2010
The Reddy brothers are accused of large-scale illegal mining in Bellary as well as neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Between 2003 and now, over 30 million tonnes of iron ore has been illegally mined and exported from Karnataka causing a huge revenue loss. Congress and JD-S claim that the illegal mining scam is worth around Rs.60,000 crore (Rs.600 billion).

Is blurred border a cover for illegal mining? Times of India July 16, 2010
Unsettled border issue of Bellary fosters illegal mining
Borders shifted

Karnataka forest department
had to guard against illegal mining in its reserve forest area
is itself being blamed for being hand-in-glove with the miners
some of its officials were in cahoots with those who had changed the land records
hasnt stopped illegal mining in disputed areas by claiming border hasnt been earmarked
is/was allowing unstopped illegal mining
is/was a mute spectator to the continued illegal mining in the disputed areas

Land records
have been changed / fudged
do not match the topo sheets (of 1890 & 1975) used for survey

Topo sheets
of 1890, 1924 and 1975 available
dispute between Ktaka Forest Department and SOI (Suvey of India)
of Ktaka forest department do not match with SOIs
Ktaka forest department wants to use 1890s
SOIs wants to use 1975s
do not match

Joint survey
of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Survey of India (SOI) team
Lokayukta was not made a party
could not come to a conclusion on the border issue
the border issue at Obulapuram, Tumati and surrounding areas could not be ascertained

has original land records as well as topo sheets
can definitely help to mark out a proper boundary

Survey did not take into account three villages in the area - Malapanagudi, Tumati and Siddapura. While mining lease permits were issued for Antaragangammana Konda in Andhra Pradesh, mining was carried out in these three areas.

Disputed area

Forest clearance
by the forest dept for mining in/at Tumati and surrounding areas had lapsed
is deemed to have been cancelled if the border is altered or border point damaged during mining (as per the clause)

Murky goings on in Karnataka make India sit up (Letter From Bangalore) Wed, July 14, 2010
Illegal mining
has been on for years in the Ktaka state
by 08 companies in Bellary district
Union Ministry of Mines task force (officials of Indian Bureau of mines) recommended suspension of mining licenses of 06 companies to the Ktaka govt
acquired a huge dimension early this decade as demand for steel went up across the world, particularly in China as it prepared to host the Olympic games
ramifications are not only restricted to Ktaka, but spread across states
issue has national and international bearings and cant be handled by the local police

Mining barons
are prominent in 03 major political parties dominating the Ktaka scene now - the BJP, Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).
of Congress and JD-S mine owners kept a low profile
of BJP have been in the news since 2006 for all the wrong reasons

03 Reddy Brothers
eldest G. Karunakara Reddy (Revenue Minister)
most vocal G. Janardhana Reddy (Tourism Minister)
youngest G. Somashekara Reddy an assembly member (legislator) and president of the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF)
hail from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh
have made iron-ore rich Bellary, about 300 km from Bangalore bordering Andhra Pradesh their political base
own the Obulapuram Mining Company which has most of mines in Andhra Pradesh
are facing grave charges of erasing boundary marks between the two states for their alleged illegal mining

Janardhana Reddy
almost unseated BJP's first Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa last year through a rebellion
but agreed to let him stay after a compromise brokered by their 'thayi' (mother), as they call senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

is a minor port in west coast Uttara Kannada district, about 500 km from Bangalore
it is from here the Karnataka Lok Ayukta (ombudsman) Hegde found that 500,000 tonnes of around 800,000 tonnes of illegally mined ore it had seized had been exported early this year using forged documents.

is one of the most backward districts in the Karnataka state
has intense heat, dust, perennial water shortage, lack of good schools and colleges
belt in north Karnataka is rich in non-renewable mineral resources

Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from this party bastion in 1999 Lok Sabha polls. BJP fielded Sushma Swaraj. Reddy brothers had joined the BJP just ahead of the 1999 Lok Sabha polls and worked for Sushma Swaraj.

Karnataka Lok Ayukta (ombudsman) Hegde a retired Supreme Court judge
resigned on June 23, 2010 because of the illegal export and attempt by Ports Minister J. Krishna Palemar to have the deputy conservator of forests R. Gokul suspended
his resignation stalled Gokul's suspension. (The officer (Gokul) had seized the ore on the orders of Hegde.)
withdrew his resignation has submitted a report on illegal mining in the state last year
is unhappy that the government has not acted on it and illegal mining and export of iron continues.

Health Minister B. Sriramulus secret mission to Bellary Jail Deccan Herald July 15, 2010
Health Minister Sriramulu (friend of Reddy brothers)
Went on a top secret surprise mission / visit to Bellary Jail at around 2 PM on Tue, Jul 13
had not taken any of the officials of his department with him
had some discussions in detail with a few notorious rowdy-sheeters at the Central Prisons Parappana Agrahara
and four other MLAs from Bellary district met three rowdy-sheeters who are charged with serious offences like murder(s)-Bettanagere Manja from Nelamangala, Chandregouda from Bellary district and Katte Naga
spent much time in those places where most of the notorious rowdy-sheeters have been kept
called some rowdies from in and around Bellary and talked to them in a separate room
spoke to Chandregouda for more than 10 minutes
spent more than half an hour with Bettanagere Manja
spent nearly 03 hours in the prisons
spent more time for his talks with rowdies instead of asking for medical facilities
the Prisons officials were sent out of the room when the rowdies entered for talks

Fresh Probe Of Reddys Tehelka Vol 7, Issue 25, dtd June 26, 2010
Kondaiah, a former Lok Sabha member from Bellary, has been highlighting the misdeeds of the Reddy brothers.
In 2003-04, the income of the Reddy brothers was below the taxable limit.
From then on, they say they have accumulated assets worth Rs 50,000 crore.
Where did this wealth come from?
says G Janardhana Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy and B Sriramulu should be prosecuted for illegal mining in Bellary and Chitradurga districts either directly or indirectly, encroaching forest land beyond permissible mining areas by use of fake permits, non-payment of royalty, influencing cabinet decisions about illegal transportation of iron ore, creating benami entities for illegal mining business to make huge pecuniary gain for themselves, and causing huge loss to the exchequer.
the three must be disqualified as MLAs and ministers for having licences and leases with the governments of Ktaka and Andhra Pradesh through companies that are directly or indirectly under their control.

So, provisions have been enacted in the Constitution through Article 191 and the Section 9A of the Representation of the People Act RP Act to disqualify members who show utter disregard to the provisions of the Constitution and the law.

CONCLUSION: We the petition signers request those concerned
1) for a joint investigation by the CBI and Karnataka Lokayukta
2) to disqualify and prosecute all miners / ministers / legislators who are guilty of illegal mining irrespective of their political affiliation(s) / financial clout.

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Hon'ble Supreme Court, President, PM, Union Ministry of Mines (MoM), Indian Bureau of mines (IBM), MoEF, Karnataka Lokayukta, CBI, Election Commission of India (ECI), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), SOI, Guv, CM, Forest Department & Chief Secretary


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