New Delhi: Karnataka Tourism Minister G
Janardhan Reddy today withdrew his petition in the Supreme
Court in which he had sought a CBI inquiry into alleged Rs
150-crore bribe collected by the then Chief Minister H D
Kumaraswamy from the mine lobby.
A Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Mukundakam
Sharma allowed Reddy to "withdraw the petition as dismissed"
after senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi sought permission for
withdrawing the 2006 petition on the ground that the Karnataka
government had handed over the case to the State Lok Ayukta
headed by former apex court judge Justice(retd) Santosh Hegde.
Alleging that former Karnataka Chief Minister H D
Kumaraswamy had collected a bribe of Rs. 150 crores from mine
owners in Bellary, Janardhana Reddy had sought an inquiry by
CBI into the allegations.
Counsel Prashant Kumar, appearing for Kumaraswamy, told
the court that in fact, there is a demand to entrust the
entire issue of illegal mining to CBI but it was Reddy and the
BJP government in Karnataka who are resisting the move.
The apex court then said that both Reddy and Kumaraswamy
can put up their respective contentions before the High Court,
if and when the situation arises.
The writ petition was filed by Janardhana Reddy in 2006
and the Supreme Court had on several occasions declined to
Incidentally, after the change of power, Janardhana Reddy
and his brother G Karunakar Reddy, Revenue Minister, face
allegations of illegal mining being probed by the Lok Ayukta.