CM Yeddyurappa is learnt to have held a closed-door meeting with the top officials of the Forest department with regard to illegal mining in Bellary.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday categorically ruled out the possibility of ordering a CBI inquiry into the alleged large scale irregularities in mining in Bellary district.

CEC Recommends Immediate Suspension Of Iron-Ore Mining At Three Sites Operated By OMC & 3 Others In Antapur
Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI

Report by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) submitted to the Supreme Court on alleged illegal mining by Obulapuram mining company in violation of the forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

BANGALORE: The Karnataka operations of the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by Karnataka Tourism Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, will also come under the ambit of the CBI inquiry requested by the Andhra Pradesh government into the company

Bangalore: A day after the Andhra Pradesh Government sought an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into allegations of irregularities in iron ore mining in Anantapur district, the Opposition Congress in the State demanded that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa immediately drop the three Ministers from Bellary

Union Minister for Labour Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to order a CBI enquiry into the alleged illegal mining in Bellary by the Tourism Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy owned Oblapuram Mining Company.

Whether forest department officials and others concerned were winking at the trucks transporting ore in the past in Bellary district? The answer appears to be yes, if the Forest Development Tax collection in the last fortnight in the district is any indication.

Vibhutigudda Mines Private Limited (VMPL) has filed a complaint to the Ministry of Environment and Forest alleging that Obalapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by the Bellary Reddys, had trespassed and encroached upon their mining lease area in Bellary reserve forests.

Ramesh Jahagirdar, Bellary, Oct 30, DHNS:

Even as the dissidence by mine lords-turned-ministers is yet to die down, the newly transferred deputy conservator of forests has begun cracking the whip on illegal mining in the district.

The transfer effected by the chief minister in the mining district aggravated the brewing turmoil in the ruling party.