`K` taka will abide by SC order on illegal mining`

Last Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 15:51

Bellary: Karnataka Government would abide by
the Supreme Court decision on the recommendation of Central Empowered Committee to extend CBI probe into illegal mining in the state, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said Friday.

"I will abide by the Supreme Court decision," he told reporters when asked about CEC`s recommendation to the court yesterday for a CBI probe into illegal mining in Karnataka.
Gowda had earlier rejected demands for a CBI probe citing
the Lokayukta investigation into the illegal mining in the
state.

Under the apex court ruling, the CBI is investigating into
illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh.

Former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana
Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivasa Reddy have been
arrested by the CBI in this connection.

The SC-appointed CEC has extensively inspected mining
areas in parts of Karnataka earlier and opined that illegal
mining had taken place in the state.

Gowda in reply to a question said those facing allegations
of any sort cannot be inducted into the ministry, obviously
referring to the Reddy brothers and mining magnates.
On former minister B Sreeramulu, who has resigned from his
Assembly membership, he expressed hope he would withdraw it.

Sreeramulu, a business associate of the Reddy family,
submitted his resignation letter to Speaker K G Bopaiah in
person on September 4, but it was yet to be accepted.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 15:51

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