No mining licence was given by me: Krishna

Last Updated: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 15:43

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna on Sunday insisted that he had given no licence for mining
in forest area in Karnataka in his capacity as the state Chief
Minister, a day after a probe was ordered against him in a
mining scam.

He said the former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde had
clearly stated that he was not involved in any mining scam,
despite which a complaint was filed against him before a
magistrate who asked the Lokayukta Police to undertake
investigation.

In a statement issued here, Krishna said he did not
"denotify the forest land but after a Cabinet approval and a
gazette notification had permitted mining."

"All decisions are policy matters related to the state and
no favouritism has been shown to anyone (by Krishna)," the
statement said, adding "all matters pertaining to all issues
will be furnished."

The statement came a day after Lokayukta Judge N K
Sudhindra Rao directed Lokayukta ADGP to conduct probe
against Krishna along with two other former Chief Ministers N
Dharam Singh and HD Kumaraswamy and submit its report to him
on January 6.

The probe order came on a complaint which alleged that
during his tenure as Chief Minister from 1999 to 2004, Krishna
had not only sanctioned mining lease on old rates but also
de-reserved forest land, despite severe opposition from the
department of forest and environment.

Krishna said that in a gazette notification of March 15,
2003, the application for mining was called for, wherein it
was clearly mentioned that in case the mining comes under
forest area, the clearance from the forest department has to
be obtained.

"The gazette notification was subsequent to the Cabinet
approval. Thereafter the permission was given by the minister
for mines," the statement said, insisting that Krishna "has
not given any licence for mining."
Krishna said Hegde had in his judgement on these
allegations "clearly clarified" that he was not involved in
any mining scam. "More than once he (Hegde) had reiterated the
same," Krishna said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 15:43

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