Karnataka CM rules out CBI probe into mining scam

B S Yeddyurappa today ruled out a CBI probe into the illegal iron ore mining and export `scam` as the indefinite dharna launched by opposition Congress and JDS over the issue in the state legislatures entered the second day.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 23:18 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa today ruled out a CBI probe into the illegal iron
ore mining and export `scam` as the indefinite dharna launched
by opposition Congress and JDS over the issue in the state
legislatures entered the second day.

"We will not hand it over to the CBI," Yeddyurappa told
reporters here adding the government was not looking at that
option at all.

The government will continue with the on-going inquiry by
the Lokayukta into the illegal mining, Yeddyurappa declared.

Congress and the JDS have repeatedly insisted that only
CBI was equipped to probe a scam of such magnitude as it
involved inter-state operations and overseas shipments.

In the Legislative Council, Home Minister V S Acharya
reiterated the government`s position vis-a-vis demand for a
CBI inquiry.

"We will not accept (not order a probe)," Acharya said.
He sought to remind the Opposition of what the then Home
Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge (currently Union Labour and
Employment Minister) commented about the CBI (while rejecting
the Opposition demand for the investigating agency`s probe
when the NDA was in power).

In another development, an emergent meeting of the BJP
legislature party called to discuss the situation arising out
of the opposition dharna, endorsed the party government`s
decision of rejecting the opposition demand for a CBI probe.

"There is no question of seeking CBI investigation into
illegal mining. The Congress is trying to create confusion in
the minds of people by clinging to personal prestige", State
unit BJP President K S Eswarappa said while speaking to the
press after the meeting.

BJP sources said the meeting while debating on the future
course of action to be taken in the event of the
government-opposition stand off continued, decided to wait for
two or three days and decide the strategy hoping that the
dharna would be called off.

They said BJP was mulling to complete the formalities of
voting on the demands for grants of 27 departments if the
opposition refused to call off dharna and adjourn the
legislatures sine-die.

The vote-on-account budget presented by Yeddyurappa in
March ends on July 31.

-PTI