Gali completes 1 year behind bars

Mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy who dictated terms in state BJP and controlled the politics of Bellary district completes a year in jail on September 5.

Last year Reddy was arrested by the CBI officials from his residence in Bellary on the same day in connection with the charges of illegal mining by his firm – Obalapuram Mining Company (OMC) in the neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh. He was lodged in the Chanchalaguda jail in Hyderabad and then shifted to Bangalore jail with the Supreme Court ordering an inquiry against his another firm Associated Mining Company that operated in Karnataka.

However, despite being behind the bars, Reddy was hit the headlines recently for cash- for-bail scam. The deal saw Reddy’s younger brother G Somashekhar Reddy behind bars along with their trusted man and Kampli MLA Suresh Babu on charges of facilitating the cash-forbail deal. The sword of suspicion is also hanging on B Sriramulu, the most trusted man of Reddy. Sriramulu has already been interrogated by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) of Hyderabad in connection with the scam. This apart, Reddy continues to haunt several politicians.