Bangalore: National Committee for Protection of
Natural Resources (NCPNR) convenor S R Hiremath today urged
the Karnataka government to approach the Supreme Court and
plead for court-monitored CBI enquiry into the illegal mining
in the State.
"Court-monitored CBI enquiry alone can lead to effective
and decisive action against influential politicians and
officials who either connived with mining mafia and exhibited
deriliction of duty by inaction," he told reporters here.
Asked whether he hoped Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and
State Advocate General B V Acharya would plead for Supreme
Court`s intervention, Hiremath said it was a matter of getting
"their act together" to seek court-monitored CBI enquiry.
"I don`t think a responsible government should put itself
in a situation where they are ordered by the Supreme Court to
perform their duties ... we will give all necessary support to
the government," he added.
Hiremath also urged Gowda, Acharya and Lokayukta Shivaraj
V Patil to implement former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde`s
report on illegal mining and take action against those
involved in the case irrespective of political parties.
Coming down heavily on the BJP leadership, he charged that
instead of welcoming the arrest of mining magnate G Janardhan
Reddy, the party, including Gowda, showed "keeness" to accord
support to him.