Karnataka, 15 Nov: Amidst the demonetization chaos to curb corruption in the country, the forthcoming wedding of Karnataka’s former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy’s daughter has come under the scanner of the Income-Tax Department.
The I-T department is keeping an eye on the sources of fund of the ex BJP minister after reports that the wedding will cost around Rs 100 crore, sources in the department said.
Reddy’s daughter Brahmani is scheduled to tie a knot with Andhra Pradesh’s businessman on Wednesday at a ceremony to be held on the Palace Ground in Bengaluru.
A mining baron from Bellary, the former BJP minister was arrested in 2012 on charges of cases of corruption and illegal mining. Earlier last year, he was freed on bail.
Reddy is awaiting trial. Rs 1,200 crore worth assets he had accumulated between 2007 and 2011, allegedly through illegal means, which were seized by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), among others, in 2012-13. He held office between 2008 and 2011.
A special CBI court in Bengaluru had allowed Reddy to go to his hometown — Bellary — a week ago to enable him to call his former constituents for the marriage function.
Reddy was given a huge welcome by his former associates, including local BJP MLA B Sreeramulu, in Bellary.
Former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde, during whose tenure as Karnataka Lokayukta the allegedly illegal mining activities of Reddy and others were exposed, had earlier stated that the ED and I-T department must take cognizance and find the source of funds for the wedding extravaganza. “I hope agencies will hold him accountable for the spending at least now,” Justice Hegde said.
A mining rival, Tapal Ganesh, who was involved in a long feud with Reddy, had threatened to write to the Chief Justice of India over the spending by a man whose wealth was confiscated.
Karnataka’s Health Minister Ramesh Kumar also raised questions on the lavish spending in wedding and said that he will not attend it. “If you have wealth, keep it. Why are you displaying it in public by spending lavishly?” he remarked.
Preparations for the four-day extravaganza are on in full steam, even as Bangalore Palace has been turned into a private fortress, with bouncers keeping the media at bay.
A replica of the Vijayanagar kingdom spread over several acres has been build on the Palace Grounds, and movie stars from Bollywood and the Telugu film world are also likely to perform.