The Supreme Court on Friday rejected controversial mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy’s appeal to visit Ballari and campaign for his younger brother Gali Somashekhara Reddy, who is contesting the Karnataka elections from the seat as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Janardhan Reddy is on bail and cannot visit Ballari (formerly Bellary), the court said. Janardhan wanted to visit the place on May 8 and 9 and on May 12, when assembly elections take place.
Reddy can not even vote, the bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan rejected Reedi’s plea and refused to accept all his demands. Reddy had sought permission to vote for brother with the promotion but the court did not accept it.
Supreme Court declines mining baron Janardhana Reddy from campaigning in Karnataka's Ballari for the Karnataka election pic.twitter.com/LHeSomQbzu
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It is notable that the BJP has given Janardhana Reddy’s brother Somasekhara Reddy the assembly ticket. In the illegal mining, the accused Janardhana Reddy is known as the Mining King of Iron Ore in Bellary and the surrounding area. The CBI has registered cases against them in many cases of corruption and illegal mining. Since 2015, he is on bail. Reddy has been in jail for three years.
Janaradhana Reddy, who is an accused in an illegal mining case, was arrested twice, once in 2011 and then again in 2015. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court in 2015.