Rs 150 cr kickbacks: Will Janardhan Reddy provide proof against Kumaraswamy on June 13?

janardhan reddy rs 150 cr allegations on kumaraswamy sit lokayukta

  • Former minister Janardhan Reddy is expected to appear before the Lokayukta SIT
  • He had alleged that JD(S) state president Kumaraswamy and his family had received kickbacks from mining companies
  • Reddy had appeared before the SIT, last month

All eyes are on former minister and mining baron Janardhan Reddy as he is expected to provide "proof" of his allegations of Rs 150 crore bribe against former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to Lokayukta Special Investigation Team (SIT) here on June 13. Janardhan Reddy had appeared before the Lokayukta SIT which is investigating into the illegal mining case, last month.

In 2006, then BJP legislator Janardhan Reddy had alleged that then chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and his family members of allegedly receiving Rs 150 cr kickbacks from various mining companies. He had even released a CD that had purpotedly shown then forest minister C Chennigappa discussing the alleged land deal with a few mining company representatives. These allegations had put the coalition government to test resulting in its collapse in the later days.

The Lokayukta Special Investigation Team which had been investigating into the allegations of illegal mining had summoned Janardhan Reddy for the enquiry, last month. However, he had not produced any proof then and had sought time to provide the same. JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy is also facing inquiry into various illegal mining cases.

Janardhan Reddy who was participating in the Hemareddy Mallamma Jayanti programme at Chincholi in Kalaburagi district - on Sunday - claimed that he had every proof to support his allegations against the JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy. "It is true that Kumaraswamy had received Rs 150 crore as bribe by the mining companies. I believe in justice and I'm sure that I will win the case against him," he told reporters in Chincholi, reports Vijaya Karnataka.

He stated that he was unnecessarily dragged in various cases in illegal mining cases. "But I have won those cases in the court. In this case also, the victory will be mine," Reddy told reporters.