Giving clean chit to Reddy brothers "too premature": Lokayukta
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Last Updated: Monday, July 19, 2010, 21:18
Bangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde today described as "too premature" the clean chit given by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to the Reddy brothers facing charges of illegal mining.

"I think it is too premature. On one side you hold an enquiry and on the other side you give a clean chit. It appears a bit contradictory," he told PTI.

Hegde's comments came against the backdrop of Yeddyurappa yesterday defending the Reddy brothers -- Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy and Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy -- asserting there was no evidence against them and ruling out their removal from cabinet.

Yeddyurappa had also said he would write to the Lokayukta to probe all cases of illegal mining from 2002-03 till date.

Hegde said being a judge he believed in first going into the reasons and then giving the judgement rather than jumping to conclusions without the reasons.


First Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 21:18

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