<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department raided the office of mining baron and former Karnataka minister Janardhan Reddy on Monday after news about his daughter’s extravagant wedding went viral, reported News 18. Meanwhile, PTI reported that I-T dept had conducted surveys in Bangalore and Hyderabad on service providers engaged for his daughter’s wedding. Reddy, a former BJP minister, is out on bail after spending 40 months in bail for his involvement in a multi-crore mining scam that rocked the state in 2010-11. While Reddy was maintaining a low profile, the wedding catapulted him back into the spotlight. Over 50,000 people attended the wedding of his daughter Brahmani at Bangalore Palace.At a time when news about demonetization has dominated headlines, Reddy’s daughter’s wedding stuck out like a sore thumb. Reddy had told reporters on November 10 at his hometown that he would share the expenditure with the tax department in a month. Mining tycoon and former minister B Janardhan Reddy’s extravagant wedding arrangements for his daughter had evoked national outrage. With the replica of a golden palace, invitation cards with LCD screens and trousseaux costing tens of millions of rupees, the extravagant nuptial is said to have cost Reddy an estimated five billion rupees.Over 50,000 guests attended the wedding, which was held on the Bangalore Palace grounds on November 16. The larger-than-life wedding kick-started with money being lavishly spent on gold-plated invitations fitted with LCD screens, on which the businessman reportedly spent about five crore rupees (USD 735,000). Leading Bollywood art directors were roped in to set up the venue as a replica of the landmark Vitthala Temple of Hampi, an ancient village and a UNESCO world heritage site. Local media reported the bride’s wedding saree cost a whopping 170 million rupees and she wore kilos of sparkling diamond jewellery costing around 900 million rupees as she walked out to greet the guests. The wedding came a week after the government decided to abolish two of its largest bank notes in a shock move to fight tax evasion, corruption and forgery. But the ostentatious display of wealth during a time of severe cash crisis hasn’t gone down well with locals, most of whom are lining up at banks and ATMs every day to exchange their old notes amid strict caps on withdrawal. “I heard he is spending 500 crore on his daughter’s wedding. We are standing here in queues to get our hands on rupees 4, 000. How has he got so much money’” said a labourer Rafique.Chaotic scenes have unravelled across the country in the last week. About 25 people have also reportedly died in the aftermath, including children who were denied treatment by hospitals, and several aged people who collapsed while standing in serpentine queues.Around 3, 000 security men were deployed for the security of the guests as the bride- Brahmani, 21, tied the knot with 23-year old Rajeev Reddy, the son of a Hyderabad-based industrialist. The star invites were ferried on cushioned bullock carts, adding more pomp to the ceremony.While the grandeur of the wedding has been largely criticised, some however, said the money spent will help the poor. “It is because of those who spend their money that helps the poor earn their livelihood. What is the use of those rich people who hoard their money, which does not benefit anyone’ The money being spent here is helping to feed a lot of households,” said a guest at the wedding, Nathan Jain. With inputs from agencies


IT dept raids Janardhan Reddy’s office after his daughter’s extravagant wedding