Karnataka illegal mining: Janardhan Reddy seeks three weeks to submit evidence against H D Kumaraswamy

Reddy is said to have told SIT that right now, he doesn’t have the evidence in support of his allegation that Kumaraswamy got the kickbacks through then forest minister Chennigappa.

Published: 20th May 2017 04:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2017 04:19 AM   |  A+A-

Gali Janardhan Reddy leaves after appearing before SIT in Bengaluru on Friday | Vinod Kumar T

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy on Friday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing his allegations that former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had received Rs150 crore kickbacks from mining firms.

Reddy, who appeared at 3.15 pm in response to a notice issued by the investigating officer, came out at 4 pm after requesting SIT to give him three weeks time to submit documents in support of his allegations.

According to official sources, Reddy is said to have told SIT that right now, he doesn’t have the evidence in support of his allegation that Kumaraswamy got the kickbacks through then forest minister Chennigappa. He sought three weeks to collect the evidence. Taking note of this, SIT gave him the time, sources said.

The SIT had summoned Reddy as the probe was based on allegations made by him in 2006. Reddy, who was released from jail a few months ago, is being considered a witness in the case.

Speaking to reporters, Reddy confirmed that he got the time he had sought. When asked if he has the CD  and photograph of Chennigappa receiving kickbacks, he just smiled before leaving the spot.

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