Scrap lease of Reddy brothers for illegal mining, recommends apex court panel

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee has recommended the mining lease to Karnataka’s powerful Reddy brothers’ firms in Andhra Pradesh be cancelled, saying their Obulapuram Mining Company had openly flouted various environmental laws in mining operations.

The committee also slammed Andhra Pradesh government officials, saying the violations could not have taken place without their connivance.

The high-powered panel, which submitted its report today to the apex court, recommended the cancellation of the lease to four different mines spread over 140 acres on grounds of, among others, large scale illegal mining in Bellary Reserve Forest area.

The Reddy brothers include G Janardhan Reddy and G Karunakar Reddy who are ministers of Karnataka.

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