More than 50,000 guests, ‘Rs 100 crore’ bill: Janardhan Reddy daughter’s wedding under Income Tax scanner

The extravagant wedding, at a time when the BJP government has initiated a demonetisation exercise to flush out black money, came in for a lot of criticism.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: November 17, 2016 12:39 pm
Gali Janardhan Reddy, income tax, big fat marriage, BJP minister, daughter wedding, demonetisation, no cash, cash crunch, indian express news, india news, latest news Gali Janardhan Reddy’s daughter Brahmani Reddy married Rajeev Reddy, son of Andhra businessman Panyam Vikram Deva Reddy, who has mining interests in Africa. Express photo

A WEDDING extravaganza, estimated to have cost about Rs 100 crore, organised by former BJP minister in Karnataka, Gali Janardhan Reddy, for his daughter concluded at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

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 were among the over 50,000 guests. However, some top BJP leaders who were considered close to Reddy before his arrest in the illegal mining cases in 2012 stayed away.

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Ever since he was released on bail last year, Reddy has been actively involved in planning the wedding of his daughter, Brahmani Reddy, with Rajeev Reddy, son of Andhra Pradesh businessman Panyam Vikram Deva Reddy, who has mining interests in Africa.

The extravagant wedding, at a time when the BJP government has initiated a demonetisation exercise to flush out black money, came in for a lot of criticism. While there were reports that the BJP had asked its leaders to stay away from the wedding, former minister Suresh Kumar said, “It is a private function and there is no official directive on it.’’

Besides Yeddyurappa, former BJP ministers Laxman Savadi and Murugesh Nirani attended the reception on Tuesday. Governor Vajubhai Vala and ministers in the Congress government attended the wedding on Wednesday.

The lavish wedding has attracted the attention of Income Tax officials, who are set to question the former minister. Sources in the IT department said officials have already studied the costs incurred, and further investigations would be carried out.

Besides politicians, many film stars 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.

Meanwhile, the Reddy family has claimed the wedding cost about Rs 30 crore. More events are likely to be held in Bellary over the coming days.

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  1. I
    Nov 17, 2016 at 7:39 am
    Dear Friends, lt;br/gt;If we fail to understand the connection even after this than we we are bunch of cowards and fools. Each and every one of us is a traitor if we still keep on saying that Modi is right and the honest man like Mr. Kejriwal is wrong. Please, open your eyes and ears and if you love your country support Mr. Kejriwal.
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      K S
      Nov 17, 2016 at 3:59 am
      BJP show of money power to 100 crores beggers
      1. N
        Nov 17, 2016 at 4:41 am
        If he can spend that obscene amount of money on a wedding, can you imagine how much monety he must be having stashed away?
        1. J
          Nov 17, 2016 at 3:55 am
          It takes simple enforcement to put many folks with black money behind bars. It's really not all that complicated in this day and age to track money. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It's just the lack of will that's the problem. Corruption and cheating are so endemic and common to all parties. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;urappa and Reddy are both BJP legislators. It's just that Modi cannot do anything to them or the numerous crooked MPs and Ministers that form the government. Congress, ofcourse is in a different league altogether.
          1. D
            Dr Saraswati
            Nov 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm
            Shameless Politician and shameless family members. He should have donated that money for army welfare.
            1. V
              vishwas Solanke
              Nov 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm
              Its very simple why government of India decided to bring new 2000 rs note and be explained with one;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lets say , A entire national highway is on repairing which communes almost 60% of indias traffic. Now as the highyway is under contruction and adjustment must need to be done for traffic , there is a diversion /subpath created to move the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Same is the current sceanrio .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1) Gov demoentise high currency;br/gt;2) Printing of new 1000 take too much;br/gt;3) Temparory introduced 2000 note which will take half efforts and cost , will minimise the crunch of;br/gt;4) In future gov can ban these 2000 note as well and only 500 will be remain as higher amount note .lt;br/gt;5) Meanwhile all the indian econommy will move to cashless lt;br/gt;6) All the purposes will solve .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dont think neagtive , be positive .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi is a person india want so badly who will make a India no1 in each and every area.
              1. R
                Nov 17, 2016 at 3:50 am
                How did he manage 100 cr when we have to be in queue for 6 hours for Rs 4500? It seems very fishy.
                1. S
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 8:34 am
                  Now where are the modi supporters? This bjp man is spending lavishly during the cash crunch and when same time there are many marriages stopped due to lack of money. And kejiriwal, the man who questioned the modi's move, is being targeted so badly with abusive language at its;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People, wake up and understand what is happening. And, yet there is no proper answer from the government about bringing 2000 re notes into circulation.
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