BENGALURU: The Lokayukta Special Court on Monday granted bail to former minister G Janardhana Reddy in an illegal mining case.
Judge V G Bopaiah pronounced the judgment reserved on the bail plea, imposing conditions that Reddy should deposit two sureties and execute `5 lakh bond.
The court had reserved the judgment last Wednesday.
On November 23, the Court had remanded Reddy to judicial custody till December 3, when he was produced before the court by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). Reddy was arrested on November 20 under the provisions of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act, ,1988 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957.
As a partner of Ananthpur Mining Corporation (AMC), Reddy allegedly conspired with BGIOMM and government officials to violate orders of the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court. They allegedly extracted and exported 3 lakh metric tonnes of high-grade iron ore from the lapsed lease area of BGIOMM in Vannahalli, Ballari taluk, from 2004 to 2006. Now, Reddy is on bail in 14 cases relating to illegal mining cases registered by the SIT.