SC for final disposal of Krishna`s appeal on Apr 24
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Last Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012, 20:37
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday posted to April 24 disposal of an appeal filed by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna challenging the Lokayukta police probe into a case of his alleged involvement in illegal mining during his tenure as chief minister of Karnataka.

The bench of justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar had on January 27 stayed the proceedings on the FIR against Krishna on his plea, observing that the case "was too premature".

"We are inclined to stay the proceedings. Accordingly, the proceedings arising out of the FIR on the issue ordered by the Karnataka Lokayukta will remain stayed," the apex court had said earlier on Krishna's plea, challenging the January 20 order of the Karnataka High Court refusing to give him relief.

The bench had said the probe ordered by the Lokayukta court was "premature" as the proceedings before the ombudsman was "incomplete" on account of the failure of the submission of the supplementary report.

The bench, which had issued a notice and sought response within three weeks from Lokayukta police and the complainant, on whose plea the FIR was registered, also said, "We are all anxious that truth should come out."

The proceedings by a Special Lokayukta Court was initiated on December 8 last on a private complaint by social activist T J Abraham against him and two other former chief ministers H D Kumaraswamy and N Dharam Singh seeking action against them for allegedly facilitating illegal mining in the mineral rich state.

Krishna had filed the appeal seeking quashing of the complaint and the probe by the Lokayukta police against him over alleged illegal mining when he was chief minister from 1999 to 2004.

He had challenged the January 20 decision of the high court by which his plea for quashing the private complaint and proceedings ordered by the Lokayukta special court against him was rejected.

Krishna's counsel and advocate K K Venugopal had contended the Cabinet decision was a collective one taken by 34 ministers and an individual cannot be held responsible for it.

The high court had ordered that investigation should continue into offences relating to dereservation of forest area in mineral-rich fragile zones.

Krishna, however, had got some relief from the high court when it quashed the charges of mismanagement of state-owned Mysore Minerals Limited by him on the ground that "it does not constitute any cognisable offence and do not call for investigation".

The proceedings by a Lokayukta special court was initiated on December 8 on the private complaint.


First Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 20:01

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