Karnataka Governor concurs with SC panel on illegal mining
Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj on Monday said he concurred with the findings of the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on illegal mining being rampant in Karnataka.
Hubli: Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj
on Monday said he concurred with the findings of the Supreme Court
appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on illegal mining
being rampant in Karnataka.
"Is there any doubt about it," he said in reply to a
reporter`s query at the airport here on the CEC report, which
listed Karnataka as being "number one" in illegal mining.
To another question, Bhardwaj, en route to Belgaum to
attend a function, said though he was vocal about large-scale
illegal mining in the state when he first came in as governor,
he could not comment on it now "since the matter is between
the Supreme Court and the state government".
Asked if he had received a copy of the first report on
illegal mining that Lokayukta had submitted to the government,
he said "including the Lokyukta report, I have not received
any information till date on the matter by the government".
On April 15, the Supreme Court-appointed CEC had found
large-scale illegal mining in Karnataka, particularly in
Bellary forest region, in connivance with officials and
politicians, after which the apex court sought a response from
the state government.
The CEC`s report over mining in Bellary region in 2003
and 2010 said the government had failed to act against massive
illegal mining which continued in 2009-10, despite a report by
Bellary region assumes importance because of the
business of powerful mining magnates and politicians Reddy
brothers in the area.