Days after mining baron and former minister G Janardhana Reddy organized the wedding of his daughter, IT department officials surveyed his offices in Bellary district.
Though initial reports said that his offices were being raided, PTI reported that IT department was conducting surveys on service providers who had been employed by Reddy for conducting the wedding and all other associated events.
Since his release on bail, Reddy is not permitted to visit Bellary district, where he is accused of carrying out illegal mining through his companies. However, he has obtained permission from the Supreme Court to visit Bellary city until November 21 in light of his daughter’s wedding.
There was a lot of speculation during Reddy’s daughter Brahmani’s wedding was scheduled to be held on whether there would be an investigation into the money that was spent. There was a lot of comment that Reddy had organized the wedding with allegedly ‘ill-gotten’ wealth. Janardhana Reddy is currently being investigated for illegal mining and corruption by the CBI. An RTI activist based out of Bengaluru had approached the IT department asking them to probe the source of the wedding fund.
Several politicians decried the vulgarly lavish wedding. However, many politicians, including BJP state president and former chief minister BS Yeddyuappa, attended the wedding. Yeddyurappa, with whom Janardhana and his brothers Somashekara and Karunakara fell out, had stated beforehand that he would attend the wedding as it was a private function.
In an ironic move, Janardhana Reddy had gifted the guests who came for his daughter’s wedding a pair of saplings. Former Karnataka Lokyukta N Santhosh Hegde had, in the report on illegal mining in the state, alleged that the mining by various companies, had wrecked the environment of the district.