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CES Indicts Bellary Barons: The Central Empowered Committee that advises the Supreme Court on forest matters has slammed the company owned by two Karnataka ministers for illegal mining along the Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border. The committee found that the Obulapuram Mining Company, owned by Karnataka tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy and his brother Karunakara Reddy, was mining in the forests outside the approved lease areas. The apex courts green bench will study the report and fix the mining area boundaries again.
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