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Bangalore, July 29, 2011
Karnataka Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy, the elder of the powerful Reddy Brothers, today demanded an apology from Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde for "wrongly" indicting him in the final report on illegal mining submitted to the State Government on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, "Chapter 8 of the report states my name as one of the Directors of the Obulapuram Mining Company from which I had resigned as a Director way back in 2004.
"This has pained me and the large number of my followers and the Lokayukta should issue a public apology for wrongly indicting me," he said.
Mr Reddy, elder brother of G Janardhana Reddy, said he had submitted the details during 2004 when he contested and won the Lok Sabha election and he had all the documents to prove his position.
"I have clearly stated in the earlier instances that I have tendered resignation from the Board of OMC and it was also accepted. When such is the truth, how can my name be mentioned in the report?" he asked.
Mr Reddy said that his "wrong" indictment had affected his image in public life and it was done without verifying the documents.
"I have full respect for the Lokayukta, but I may have to think of filing a defamation case against Mr Justice Hegde if he fails to tender an apology," Mr Reddy added.
He said, moreover, OMC was in Andhra Pradesh and asked why the Lokayukta had investigated activities that had taken place in the neighbouring state.
The Supreme Court has appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) investigate into illegal mining in both Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
"At this stage, Karnataka Lokayukta has no business to indict me in the report," he claimed.