CCB officials raid Janardhan Reddy’s Bellary mansion

The former BJP minister is embroiled in a bribery scandal

A team from the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) have launched a raid on former cabinet minister and mining baron, Gali Janardhan Reddy’s mansion at Bellary, Karnataka, today morning. Reddy has been accused of bribing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to drop a money laundering case.

He was reported to have been absconding yesterday and his name cropped up after the Karnataka police interrogated a Ramesh Kothari of Ambika Jewellers, who had allegedly given 57 kgs of gold as payment to Reddy in exchange for convincing the ED to drop the case against Ambidant Marketing Pvt. Ltd., a Bengaluru-based firm.

Gali Janardhan Reddy was a former minister for Tourism and Infrastructure in the B S Yedyurappa cabinet in Karnataka.  He is no stranger to controversy as he has been accused of illegal mining and the Supreme Court had also appointed a Central Empowerment Committee against a company owned by him.

By Rahul Venkat (with inputs from The Hindu)