Janardhan Reddy daughter's lavish wedding now under Income Tax radar
After he was released on bail last year, Reddy has been planning for the wedding of his daughter, Brahmani Reddy, with Rajeev Reddy, son of Andhra Pradesh businessman Panyam Vikram Deva Reddy.
The big fat extravaganza wedding of mining baron and former minister B Janardhan Reddy's daughter concluded at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The wedding which is estimated to have cost about Rs 100 crore has attracted criticism from anti-corruption activists.
The grand wedding was attended by more 50oo0 guests, including Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, State Home Minister G Parameshwara, Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, Rural Development Minister H K Patil and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
According to Indian Express report, some top BJP leaders who were considered close to Reddy before his arrest in the illegal mining cases in 2012 stayed away. After the mining baron was released on bail, he has been actively involved in planning the wedding of his daughter, Brahmani Reddy,
National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) founder president S.R. Hiremath, who has filed cases in the Supreme Court against illegal mining in Ballari, wants the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Central Vigilance Commission, and SIT appointed by the Supreme Court to raid Reddy's house and ask for the source of funds behind this extravagant wedding, according to a report in Business Standard.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the lavish wedding has attracted the attention of Income Tax officials, who are set to question the former minister. The English daily citing its sources in IT department said officials have already studied the costs incurred, and further investigations would be carried out.
The reports added that many film personalities were also made an appearance. While there were performances by Telugu stars like Rakul Preet, comedian Brahmanand and Kannada star Yash at the reception, others like Punith Raj Kumar, Ravichandran, Vishal Krishna, Suman, Sharath Babu were among the guests.
The wedding venue was designed to look like a scene from the Vijayanagar empire, designed by a film art director on 35 acres of land at the Bangalore Palace grounds. Guests were transported in bullock carts to the main venue.
However, the Reddy family claimed the wedding cost about Rs 30 crore. More events are likely to be held in Bellary over the coming days.