Karnataka govt authorises CBI to attach excess properties of mining … – Vartha Bharati

Bengaluru (PTI): The Karnataka government on Thursday authorised the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to attach ‘excess properties’ belonging to former minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, his wife and companies owned by him.
The order came after the High Court of Karnataka granted the state government two days on January 10 to give information on the delay in granting permission to the CBI to attach Reddy’s properties.
The court had asked the government why it had not given the go-ahead to attach the properties worth Rs 19 crore while it had earlier sanctioned the attachment of Rs 64 crore assets.
The government order on Thursday referred to the request made by the Superintendent of Police of the CBI to issue authorisation to the Pairavi officer/Holding Investigation Officer’ to file an application before the special court for CBI cases in Bengaluru for the attachment of scheduled excess properties’ of Reddy.
“The Pairavi officer/Holding Investigation Officer is hereby authorised to file an application before the special court for CBI cases, Bengaluru city for the attachment of scheduled excess properties of G Janardhana Reddy in his name as well as in the name of his wife and his companies and also other properties as shown in the schedule of properties as shown in the schedule of the properties that is submitted along with the letter dated August 30, 2022,” the order said.
The CBI had sought direction from the court to the government to approve attachment proceedings against the main accused in the Ballari illegal mining case. The request of the CBI has been pending before the government since August 2022.
The CBI had traced additional properties in the name of Reddy, his wife, and the company in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The agency seeks to attach those properties in the illegal mining case pending before a special court since 2013.
The central agency claimed Reddy was trying to sell the properties he had obtained from the money from illegal mining activities through his companies Obulapuram Mining Company and Associated Mining Company Ltd.
On December 25 last year, Reddy had announced the launch of a new political party ‘Kalyana Rajya Pragati Paksha’. An accused in the illegal mining case, he has severed his two-decades-old association with the BJP.
Re-entering electoral politics from outside Ballari district of the state, Reddy said he would contest the 2023 Assembly polls from Gangavathi in Koppal district.
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Yadav also said he has heard that there was a bar on the cruise that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
“This water cruise has been running for many years, this is not new. Someone has informed me that it has been running for 17 years and only some parts have been added to it and they are saying that they have started it,” Yadav told reporters on Saturday.
“The BJP people are far ahead in telling lies and publicity. It has also been heard that…it also has a bar,” Yadav said, adding only BJP people can tell whether there is a bar on the cruise or not.
Prime Minister Modi on Friday flagged off the world’s longest river cruise — MV Ganga Vilas — which will cover 3,200 km across 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh in 51 days.
MV Ganga Vilas is the first-ever cruise vessel to be made in India and it began its journey from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and will reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh.
According to an official statement, the luxury cruise has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all luxury amenities.
Raj Singh, founder and CEO of Antara Luxury River Cruises, which is operating MV Ganga Vilas, has said non-vegetarian food and liquor will not be served on board.
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