Accusing Prime Minister Narendra"Modi of protecting mining baron G Janardhana Reddy-led "Ballari gang" and BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, Congress today alleged that the CBI closed all cases of illegal mining against them "outlandishly."
CBI shutdown cases against Yeddyurappa, Reddy and his "gang" in connection with the plundering of Rs 35,000 crore worth iron ore in six out of nine ports in four states of Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged.
"The truth is, according to Modi government, no one" stole iron ore of Rs 35,000 crore. Modi government has" actually come to the rescue of, what all Kannadigas call, the" Ballari gang," he said.
He said the Siddaramaiah government handed over the" matter to the CBI on November 18, 2013 pertaining to sale and" export of iron ore in four states in nine ports.
Accoding to him, these ports are Karwar and New Mangalore Port Trust in"Karnataka, Panaji and Mormugao in Goa, Ennore and Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Krishna Patnam, Vishakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
All these nine ports were used to siphon off" Karnataka's iron ore, Surjewala added.
Within days thereafter, on June 13, 2017, CBI writes to"Karnataka government saying that there is no criminal case, no"iron ore was stolen from the two ports in Goa," he added.
According to Surjewala, CBI closed down cases in Goa" ports because the ores of Karnataka and Goa got mixed together.
It shutdown the criminal cases of iron ore smuggling and stealing for both the ports in Karnataka also without" assigning any reason, he alleged.
The cases at two ports of Tamil Nadu"were closed because the CBI did not receive the notification from the government and thus it was shut, he said.
"No wonder that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have gone" out of the way to give eight assembly tickets to Reddy" brothers and associates, whether it is Gali Karunakara Reddy," Somashekhara Reddy, we all know B Sriramulu, Lallesh Reddy," Suresh Babu, Sanna Fakirappa and Sai Kumar," Surjewala said.
Defending Congress for giving ticket to some mining barons,"Surjewala said investigations into these cases were still progressing.
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