Illegal mining report indicts BSY, Kumaraswamy

Karnataka`s Lokayukta Santosh Hegde has recommended a probe against CM BS Yedyurappa and others for their role in the multi-crore illegal mining racket.

Zeenews Bureau

Bangalore: In what could trigger a political Tsunami in Karnataka, the state’s Lokayukta Santosh Hegde has recommended a probe against Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa and others for their role in the multi-crore illegal mining racket.

As per media reports, Hegde in his ‘explosive’ report has also sought an investigation into the role of former chief minister and state JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anil Lad in connection with illegal mining.

According to sources, the “report runs into thousands of pages and contains inputs from the CBI and Income Tax department, which had also probed the illegal mining racket worth Rs 1800 crore.
The retired Supreme Court judge, whose term as Lokayukta ends Aug 2, has recommended strong action against four ministers and several influential politicians, some 600 officers and owners of 58 mining firms.

When contacted, Justice Hegde refused to comment on his recommendations, but as per reports, four ministers who are named in the report are: G Janardhana Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy, B Sriramulu, all hailing from the mineral-rich Bellary district, and V Somanna.

The Lokayukta has stressed that there was need for further probe on at least two counts against Yeddyurappa, reports claim.

"My officers have found evidence against influential politicians and people and hence I have sought protection for their (future) service and safety," Hegde, who may submit the report as early as tomorrow.

However, he declined to name the people against whom evidence has been gathered.

"All that will be in my report," Hegde said.
When quizzed by reporters on how his crucial report got leaked to media, hedge said, “My report is leaked. My phone was tapped. But I am sure it’s not an insider’s job. Obviously there are people who are interested from outside. They must have been keeping a tab…my report is not even printed,” he said.

Hegde, a member of the joint committee for drafting the Lokpal Bill, had earlier this month said unlike the first report submitted by him to the Government in December 2008, this time a lot of information needed to be collated.

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