‘HC ensured justice is not derailed by mining mafia’


S.R. Hiremath, founder-president of Samaj Parivartan Samudaya (SPS), has welcomed the High Court’s decision to accept an appeal by SPS against the order of the Trial (Special CBI) court discharging Gali Lakshmi Aruna, wife of G. Janardhan Reddy, accused in illegal mining in the Associated Mining Company (AMC) case.

Mr. Hiremath told presspersons recently that the order had ensured that the course of justice was not derailed by the ‘mining mafia’ with its money power.

According to him, the trial court, in the Associated Mining Company case, had discharged Ms. Aruna in the AMC, which was acquired by Janardhan Reddy, accused of indulging in illegal mining, stating that she was just a sleeping director with signing authority.

“After that, we took it up with the Supreme Court appealing for it to look into the case. In turn, the Supreme Court allowed us to proceed against Ms. Aruna and others and asked us to approach the Karnataka High Court, where we filed an appeal (CrPC 482) (inherent powers of the High Court). The HC, which accepted our appeal, ordered an issue of notices to Ms. Aruna and the CBI on Monday,” he said.

Mr. Hiremath strongly criticised the erstwhile Congress government, particularly the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, for not initiating action against those involved in illegal mining.

“It is also unfortunate that even V.S. Ugrappa, who, as the chairman of the fact-finding committee, constituted by the party, submitted a report on illegal mining and now as MP representing Ballari district, had failed to take up the issue in the Parliament,” he alleged.

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