October 14th, 2011
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Karnataka Govt sends back Lokayukta mining report

yedyurappaBangalore: The Karnataka state government sent back the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, seeking further clarifications on the report. They have inquired whether any action could be taken against an MLA and Minister with any complaint being lodged against them.

The Lokayukta report on illegal mining had earlier indicted the state government and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. Yeddyurappa was forced to resign in July following the publication of the report. Three other ministers from Bellary were also forced to resign in the wake of the report.Though the government has ensured that it is a routine clarification there are speculations raised as to whether the BJP government is trying to bail out Yeddyurappa and other ministers named in the scam.

State Law Minister Suresh Kumar refuting the speculations said, “There was an allegation, based on which there was a probe. It is important to know the truth. All we want is some clarification and that’s why we are referring the report back.”

The state government desperately trying to meet the three-month deadline for furnishing an “Action Taken Report” on the document submitted to it by former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on July 27.

Challenging the recommendations over legal and constitutional provisions, the government has sought to know whether the definition of “public servant” under Section 13 of Lokayukta Act included ministers.”The Lokayukta has not followed the principle of natural justice while recommending action against the then Chief Minister, who has already quit, and removal of three other ministers”, Kumar alleged.

The Lokayukta held the probe into illegal mining on a reference by the state government under Section 7 (2) A of the Lokayukta Act and not on a complaint, Kumar said disapproving of the action against political leaders under Section 13 of the Act.


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