In a huge relief in connection with the illegal mining case against Ballari's mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy's wife Lakshmi Aruna, the High Court cleared all the charges and gave her a clean chit.

As Aruna had signed a document related to Associated Mining Company in the past, social activist SR Hiremath accused Lakshmi Aruna of being a part of illegal mining.

After the CBI special court cleared her of all charges stating she had no role in illegal mining, Hiremath approached the High Court challenging the CBI court's verdict. However, the single bench headed by Justice Somashekhar upheld the CBI verdict and gave a clean chit to Lakshmi Aruna.

The advocates arguing on behalf of Lakshmi Aruna pointed out that just because someone signs a document they cannot be judged as playing a role in illegal mining.

Referring to the same points from the previous verdict from CBI court, the HC has now given a clean chit to Lakshmi Aruna.

In 2017, Hiremath approached the High Court and filed a criminal case after the CBI court gave a verdict in Lakshmi Aruna's favour. Through her advocate, Lakshmi Aruna who has been made a second accused in an illegal mining case, argued that she is neither an owner nor an in-charge and hence cannot be judged as an accused just because she signed a document in the capacity as a shareholder.