It is now pretty evident that the Central Bureau of Investigation is shielding Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy in the illegal mining scandal involving former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy.
The CBI has submitted to the special court the statement of Sabita recorded as a witness in the case, charge-sheet of which had already been filed before the court.
Sabita, who was the mining minister during the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy regime when the allotment of mining leases to Gali Janardhan Reddy’s Obulapuram Mining Case was done, was included as 53rd witness in the case.
In her recorded statement, Sabita is learnt to have said she had indeed signed the note file pertaining to granting of leases to the OMC and the note file had the conditional clause that the mining leases for only for captive purposes.
And when the GOs were issued by IAS officer Y Srilakshmi finally, the word captive was missing, which was taken advantage of by the OMC to export the iron ore to foreign countries to make big money. Sabita said there was no significance as to why the note file was signed and the GOs were issued on the same day.
The CBI, however, has not questioned why Sabita had signed the files granting provisional allotment of mines to OMC way back in 2005 without the government approval much before Srilakshmi came into picture. Apparently, the CBI wants to protect Sabita at any cost.