Illegal mining: Probe ordered against SM Krishna
Lokayukta Police investigation was ordered against External Affairs Minister SM over illegal mining during their tenure.
Bangalore: A court here on Saturday ordered a
Lokayukta Police investigation into a private complaint
against three former Karnataka chief ministers, including
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, over allegations that
they permitted illegal mining during their tenure.
Lokayukta Court Judge N K Sudhindra Rao directed the
Lokayukta ADGP to conduct the probe which would also cover
former chief ministers N Dharam Singh (Congress) and H D
Kumaraswamy (JDS) and submit the report to him on January 6.
The judge passed the order under section 156 (3) Cr PC
(power to investigate cognizable cases).
The complainant TJ Abraham has accused Krishna (who was
the Chief Minister from October 1999 to May 2004), and his
successors N Dharam Singh and H D Kumaraswamy of having
indulged in various acts of omission and commission of
illegalities in relation to grant of leases for mining in the
state during their tenure as Chief Ministers. He has also
named 11 officials as co-accused.