Illegal mining: Karna govt sends 2nd report to CEC
Bangalore: The BJP government in Karnataka has sent its second report to the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on the issue of illegal mining during the tenure of S M Krishna, N Dharam Singh and H D Kumaraswamy as chief ministers.
The government, in its 11-page report, has pointed out various decisions taken during the governments of the three former chief ministers, official sources said.
The D V Sadananda Gowda government has submitted the second report in the backdrop of objections raised by his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa, who himself is facing illegal mining probe, alleging the chief minister was soft-pedalling the role of the three while he was being singled out.
According to official sources, the second report has outlined the contents of the first report submitted by the then Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on illegal mining which had references to Dharam Singh, Krishna and Kumaraswamy.
Though the Hegde report indicted Singh and recommended recovery of Rs 23 crore "losses" caused by him to the state exchequer, the then Governor dropped the action, the report pointed out.
The CEC has sought the report on a petition filed by social activist T J Abraham seeking a CBI probe into illegal mining during Congress governments led by Krishna and Singh and JDS-BJP coalition headed by Kumaraswamy.
The Supreme Court had recently ordered CBI investigation into illegal mining charges against Yeddyurappa on the basis of the CEC report.
The government had a few months ago submitted its first report to CEC but Yeddyurappa accused Sadananda Gowda of trying to shield his predecessors and not providing the facts.
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