Former Karnataka Minister And Mining Baron Janardhana Reddy Granted Bail In Bribery Case


Gali Janardhana Reddy has denied all the charges levelled against him.

Bengaluru: 

A Karnataka court today granted bail to Gali Janardhana Reddy, Ballari mining baron and a former state minister, three days after he was arrested along with an aide in a bribery case. According to reports, he was made to furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh as surety.

The bribery case against Mr Reddy involves a private enterprise called Ambident Group, which is accused of cheating thousands of people to the tune of Rs 600 crore through a ponzi scheme. Firm owner Syed Ahmed Fareed alleged that he had paid a bribe of Rs 18 crore to be spared an Enforcement Directorate probe after the matter came to light. Mr Reddy, who was a minister in the then government headed by BS Yeddyurappa, allegedly demanded the money during a meeting a hotel, he said.

The 49-year-old former minister had earlier spent three years in jail before being let out on bail. He appeared for questioning at the Crime Branch office on the evening of November 10, after which he was arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Money Laundering Act and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody.

Mr Reddy has rejected all the charges levelled against him, terming it as a “political conspiracy“. The defence counsel also questioned the necessity of arresting the mining baron when five other accused in the case were already out on bail.

Ballari had been a BJP stronghold since 2004, with Mr Reddy playing a major role in ensuring the party’s supremacy there. However, the Congress-Janata Dal(Secular) pulled off a shocking win at the Lok Sabha constituency in the recent byelections, with their joint pick VS Ugrappa beating the BJP’s candidate, V Shanta, by a huge margin.

(With inputs from PTI)





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Court Reserves Order On Mining Baron Janardhana Reddy’s Bail Petition


Janardhan Reddy claimed allegations against him were part of a “political conspiracy”. (File)

Bengaluru: 

A court on Tuesday reserved orders on the bail petition filed by mining baron and former state minister G Janardhan Reddy, arrested in connection with a multi-crore ponzi scheme case.

Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V Jagadeesh posted the petition to Wednesday for orders.

G Janardhan Reddy was arrested Sunday after a marathon questioning in connection with a money transaction worth crores of rupees allegedly linked to a ponzi scheme.

He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, and remanded to judicial custody till November 24.

When the petition came up for hearing, Janardhan Reddy’s counsel R P Chandrashekar submitted that his client had no connection with the ponzi case and he had not cheated any investor.

“The irony of this case is that the accused number one — Ahmed Fareed of Ambidant Marketing pvt Ltd — is roaming free on bail and my client (Reddy) has been sent to judicial custody,” Chandrasekhar said.

Ambidant is accused of cheating investors of crores of rupees after promising hefty returns on deposits.

According to police, Fareed has claimed that he had struck a Rs 20-crore deal with Reddy’s close aide Ali Khan because he was promised help by Reddy in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into the ponzi scheme case.

Chandrashekhar also submitted that the Enforcement Directorate had also been dragged needlessly by the Central Crime Branch in the case.

Reddy has claimed the allegations against him were part of a “political conspiracy”.

Reddy, a minister during the previous BJP rule, was arrested by the CBI in 2011 in an alleged illegal mining scam case and granted bail three years later.





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Mining Baron Janardhan Reddy Arrested In Bribery Case In Bengaluru


Mining kingpin Janardhan Reddy has spent three years in jail and has been out on bail since 2015.

Bengaluru: 

Ballari’s mining baron and former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, who was questioned for hours in an alleged bribery case last evening, has been arrested, sources said. The former minister in BS Yeddyurappa’s government has spent three years in jail and is currently out on bail.

The 49-year-old, appeared for questioning at the Crime Branch office on Saturday evening after a three-day hunt by the police in Bengaluru.

In a video message, he rubbished reports that he was on the run and was holed up in Hyderabad.





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No Illegal Mining In 115.34-Acre Aravalli Land, Rajasthan Tells Top Court


New Delhi: 

The Rajasthan government has told the Supreme Court that no illegal mining was going on in 115.34 hectares of land in the Aravalli area of the state.

The chief secretary of Rajasthan has filed an affidavit in the top court which had on October 23 expressed shock over 31 “vanished” hills or hillocks in Aravalli area and had asked the state government to stop illegal mining in the 115.34-hectare area there within 48 hours.

“It is stated on affidavit filed by DB Gupta who is chief secretary of the government of Rajasthan that there is no illegal mining going on in respect of 115.34 hectares of land, as mentioned in our order dated October 23, 2018,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur noted in its October 29 order.

In the affidavit, the chief secretary has also said that approximately 27 per cent ground truthing of the area has been done and serious efforts would be made to complete the entire exercise within a period of three months as per directions of the top court.

Ground truthing is an exercise conducted to ascertain the empirical evidence at the actual site.

The top court posted the matter for further hearing after three months.

On October 23, the top court had observed that though Rajasthan was earning a royalty of around Rs 5,000 crore from mining activities in Aravalli, it cannot endanger the lives of lakhs of people in Delhi as disappearance of hills there could be one of reasons for rise in pollution level in the national capital region (NCR).

The court had also referred to a report of the central empowered committee (CEC) which had said that out of 128 samples taken by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), as many as 31 hills or hillocks have vanished.

The state’s counsel had then told the top court that all the government departments concerned in Rajasthan were “on the job” to stop illegal mining.

The court is dealing with a matter related to illegal mining activities in the Aravalli range.





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4 Tamil Nadu Sand Mining Firms Raided, Searches In Andhra Pradesh Also


Chennai: 

Four sand mining companies faced massive tax raids at nearly 100 locations in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh this morning for allegedly exporting beach minerals and routing money abroad.

News 7 Tamil, a channel owned by VV Mineral or VVM of S Vaikundarajan, was also raided. The other businessmen have been identified as Sukumar, Chandresan and Manikandan.

The tax officials said they raided the companies based on intelligence inputs that the miners have been exporting beach minerals despite a ban. The companies have also been routing money abroad, the officials said.

On its website, VVM says its huge annual output of 7 lakh tonnes of heavy minerals include garnet abrasive and zircon “due to our control of a 40 km beach area…”





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Mozilla Firefox Set to Block Ad Tracking, Cut Down Cryptocurrency Mining


Mozilla has announced some hard steps to ensure user privacy on its Firefox browser. In its latest blog, the company said that over the next few months it will be rolling out certain key features which will give users more control over their data and also improve the web performance.

One of the most important changes will be the automatic protection against ad tracking. In Firefox 65 version, the company plans to strip cookies and block storage access from third-party tracking content.

The company said on its blog about ad tracking, “We’ve already made this available for our Firefox Nightly users to try out, and will be running a shield study to test the experience with some of our beta users in September. We aim to bring this protection to all users in Firefox 65, and will continue to refine our approach to provide the strongest possible protection while preserving a smooth user experience.”

In addition to this, future versions of Firefox will also cut down on harmful data collection or crypto mining practises by websites. With Firefox 63 version, the company will also block slow-loading trackers by default to help improve overall web performance. Moreover, the company says sites that continue to want user data in exchange for content will have to ask for it.

Firefox users can check out these features in the Nightly build ahead of the launch of Firefox 65. Under the Content Blocking section will be options to enable blocking of slow-loading trackers or cross-site tracking through third-party cookies.



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Government Oil Companies Mining Sensitive Data


New Delhi: 

At a time when the focus is on threats to privacy of our data, a controversy has erupted over the Petroleum Ministry asking 10 lakh petrol pump employees for sensitive personal details like their caste, religion and constituency. 

The government claims they are seeking this data for a government’s skill development scheme but dealers have threatened to go to court saying these details are personal and uncalled for.

The dealers have also accused the oil companies of threatening them for resisting.

NDTV has accessed letters written on June 6 by three public sector oil companies – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd – to 59,000 petroleum dealers across the nation asking them to send the data of their employees for what is known as the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme under the PM’s Skill Development Scheme.

The letter says that once the data is submitted, the employees would be awarded a certificate which would be a “formal qualification” and “can be used for realizing career aspirations”. 

But what is unclear is why the details sought include Aadhaar number, caste, religion and constituency. 

The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) wrote a letter to the three companies on June 11 saying that the initiative is “violative of fundamental rights”. K Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CIPD told NDTV, “Such personal information should be preserved between employers and the employees. Considering the intricacies of secrecy and dignity of maintaining confidentiality, we have written to the oil companies that we will not be interested in sharing this information.”

Dealers claim that the government is not backing down and is threatening them that if the data is not sent supplies would be blocked. 

NDTV reviewed a message reportedly received by Indian Oil petroleum dealers in Punjab from the Sales Officer of Indian Oil in the state, Ashish Jain. 

The message says “RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) data for many RO’s (Retail Outlets) has not been received. I will block supplies for these ROs wef (with effect from) this Monday if details are not sent to me by tomorrow evening 7 pm.” 

When NDTV dialled the number of the sender, the person who picked up admitted that he was indeed Ashish Jain, the Sales Officer of Indian Oil in Punjab but he refused to confirm or deny that the message was sent by him.

The Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association has sent a legal notice to the Indian Oil Corporation, against the threats.  

We have also not received a response from the three oil companies.

NDTV tried contacting Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan but were told he is currently unavailable. 

On July 23,  when the protest by dealers in Punjab was first reported by ‘The Tribune’ newspaper, the Petroleum Minister responded at a public function by his Ministry by saying, ” What have they asked for? Their caste, religion and where the person stays. How big a mistake have they made? When we get a child admitted into school don’t we answer these questions?”

Moreover, questions are being raised not just over violation of privacy but over whether this controversial move is to pad up numbers for the government’s beleaguered skill development scheme. 

Government data shows that the scheme managed to skill around 29 lakh people from 2015-2018, out of which only six lakh could be placed – a placement rate of around only 21 per cent. 

The question remains whether adding 10 lakh petroleum employees as beneficiaries of its scheme is an attempt by the government to boost numbers, and also harvest politically useful data.





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CCTV Cameras Installed To Stop Illegal Mining In Jammu’s Tawi River


Officials have been directed to act tough against illegal mining on Tawi river bed in Jammu

Jammu: 

In a bid to curb illegal mining, CCTV cameras have been installed at various locations along the Tawi river in Jammu, an official spokesman said today.

The information was given yesterday at a high-level meeting chaired by Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma who directed enforcement agencies to act tough against illegal mining on the river bed in the winter capital.

The meeting was convened to review the implementation of high court directions on removal of encroachments, the spokesman said.

He said the meeting was informed that surveillance cameras were installed at various locations to keep check on illegal activities along the Tawi, following which eight out of 14 unauthorised stone crushers were sealed.

Taking serious note of encroachments, Mr Verma asked the concerned departments to identify the unauthorised and illegal constructions in the city areas and the Tawi river catchment area and initiate extensive anti-encroachment drive, he said.

According to the spokesman, the divisional commissioner asked police to prepare a surveillance grid where intercepting and surveillance unit would be located and manpower placed.

Mr Verma instructed the concerned functionaries for maintaining a daily visual evidence of the identified areas and deal firmly if any change in the status that indicates any encroachment or illegal construction is noticed, he said.

He also directed vice-chairman of the Jammu Development Authority to complete the geo-tagging of the areas falling within its jurisdiction, the spokesman said.

The divisional commissioner also asked the departments to share the details of illegal structures with police so that necessary action can be initiated and further directed for conducting physical verification of status of illegal encroachments, he added.

Mr Verma, the spokesman said, asked the Jammu Municipal Corporation, JDA and revenue departments to nominate officers within their areas to make roundups to restrict illegal construction.

He asked them to take legal action against any person who creates hurdle during anti-encroachment drives, he said.





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झारखंड : कोयला खदान में माइनिंग मशीन का ब्रेक फेल, चार की मौत, 11 घायल

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हजारीबाग: सेंट्रल कोलफील्ड्स लिमिटेड की हजारीबाग के तापिन के कोयला खदान में आज शाम माइनिंग की एक मशीन का ब्रेक फेल हो गया, जिससे यह श्रमिकों के शेड के दीवार से टकरा गया. जिससे इस घटना में ढही दीवार के नीचे दब कर चार कर्मियों की मौत हो गयी जबकि 11 अन्य घायल हो गये. हजारीबाग के पुलिस नियंत्रण कक्ष के पुलिस उपाधीक्षक शाहदेव साव ने बताया कि जब चरही पुलिस थानांतर्गत तपिन कोयला खदन में सीसीएल के कर्मी दोहपर का भोजन करने के बाद शेड में आराम कर रहे थे तभी कोयले की खुदाई करने वाली एक मशीन ब्रेक फेल हो गया. 

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उन्होंने बताया कि ब्रेक फेल होने से शेड की दीवार से जा टकराई, जिससे दीवार ध्वस्त हो गयी और आराम कर रहे दो दर्जन से अधिक कर्मचारी मलबे के नी चे आ गये. उन्होंने बताया कि इस हादसे में चार लोगों की मौत हो गयी, जिनकी पहचान अमृत मुंडा, कैला गंजू, सोमार मुंडा और मिथुन महतो के रूपमें की गयी है. हादसे में ग्यारह से अधिक लोग घायल हुए हैं जिन्हें अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया है. 

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