The special CBI court here issued a prisoner transit warrant to produce mining baron and former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy's personal assistant, Mehfuz Ali Khan, before it on October 5, in connection with the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) scam.
Khan, an accused in the Associated Mining Company (AMC) scam, along with Gali Janardhana Reddy and others, is presently lodged in a Bangalore jail, since his surrender before a court in Bangalore on March 2.
The CBI had been making efforts to examine him in Hyderabad, as it alleged that there was a crucial link between Gali Janardhana Reddy and Ali Khan in the OMC scam, which has to be uncovered.
The prisoner transit warrant against Khan was issued on September 25 for producing him before a CBI court here on October 5, CBI officials said today, adding that Bangalore jail authorities will produce him before the court as per directions.
The CBI, which is investigating the illegal mining case involving OMC, owned by Gali Janardhan Reddy, had filed a chargesheet against him, his brother-in-law B V Srinivas Reddy and others in December last year and also against suspended IAS officer Y Srilakshmi.
OMC has been accused of changing mining lease boundary markings between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, as well as indulging in illegal mining in Bellary Reserve Forest areas between Karnataka's Bellary district and Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district.