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CBI files chargesheet in OMC case

Almost three months after it made first arrest, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday filed chargesheet in the illegal iron ore mining case of Obulapuram Mining Corporation.

The 186-page chargesheet, filed before the CBI Special Court at the Criminal Courts Complex at Nampally, comprises of nearly 600 documents. The CBI has also examined 201 witnesses in the case. However, the other documents related with the case are of nearly 60,000 pages complied in 20 volumes which were brought to the CBI court in 10 boxes on Saturday morning. According to CBI sources, the chargesheet was prepared with the help of the officials of mining, forest and revenue departments.

Of five people arrested the in the case, the CBI has named three accused in the first chargesheet filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1998, and Section 120 (B), 409, 420, 468, 471, 13 (2) of IPC 13 (2) Read With 13 (1) D. While former Karnataka Minister and OMC chairman Gali Janardhan Reddy is the first accused in the case, OMC managing director BV Srinivasa Reddy and former mines director VD Rajagopal are second and third accused respectively.

Suspended IAS officer Y Srilakshmi’s name have not been included in the first chargesheet as the CBI was yet to get the Centre’s approval for her prosecution. Her name along with OMC Director Rajasekhar, who was arrested on Friday, might be included in the supplementary chargesheet to be filed by the CBI later. (INN)

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