The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) began its inquiry into the alleged illegal mining in the Bellary reserve forest, which spreads between Bellary district in Karnataka and Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. The mining firms include the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Karnataka Ministers G Janardhan Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy and B Sriramulu.
Around 50 CBI personnel searched the OMC office situated near the Fire Station in Bellary and another office that houses the Kannada daily Ee Namma Kannada Nadu owned by G Janardhan Reddy, on K.C. Road, to verify records.
The CBI also searched Modi Bhavan, belonging to S.K. Modi, owner of Vibhuti Gudda Mines and Bellary Iron Ore Private Ltd. A couple of CBI teams visited areas around Obulapuram village in Anantapur district, located on the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border.