Mining baron Reddy's escape route - Dubai, Indonesia, US?

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Janardhana Reddy
Hyderabad, Oct 12: If the Reddy Brothers are not embroiled in enough soup after being named in the Illegal Mining scam in Karnataka, their woes only seem to be increasing after it was found that former minister Janardhana Reddy possesses two passports. He is most likely to face prosecution for this grave offence and has got himself involved in a fresh legal tangle.

Reports suggest that Reddy was intending to flee the country to Dubai where a plan to buy a mega shopping mall was in the final stages. He was buying the property from a member of the royal family from the Emirates. The information was revealed by sources within the CBI.

It is also alleged that Reddy applied for the second passport from Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu from the Regional Passport Office. He got his first passport from regional passport office in Bengaluru in 2003. He gave fake names for his second passport and gave wrong date of birth, mother's name and address to get through the application to passport agents.

It has also been found that Janardhana Reddy applied for the second passport after the first one was seized by the CBI during the course of investigation into the mining scam.

Apart from the idea of fleeing to Dubai, Reddy was also contemplating packing bag and baggage to an island in Florida, US that he bought in 2009. The other idea was to go to Nelbaro, Sumatra, Indonesia where he had entered a pact with mining major Earth Stone Holding Limited.

Sources have however revealed that he had zeroed in on Dubai as his preferred escape destination and intended to use his second passport for this purpose. The source commented, "Everything was finalised to buy a mega property in Dubai from a member of the ruling family in a Rs. 5,000-crore deal. Arrangements had also been made to transfer the money through hawala. If the arrest had been delayed by even a few weeks, he would have fled the country."

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