Bangalore, June 22: Under pressure from former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has given an additional reply to Supreme Court monitored Central Empowered Committee (CEC), in connection with the CBI inquiry into three former chief ministers -- SM Krishna, N Dharam Singh and HD Kumaraswamy.
In a 11-page additional report, the government has quoted various aspects of Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde's report on illegal mining observed against the former chief ministers. The Yeddyurappa camp was up against Gowda alleging that government has favoured Krishna, Singh and Kumaraswamy by not giving a strong report to the CEC, which sought department's opinion on a petition filed by activist TJ Abraham seeking a CBI inquiry into their alleged role in illegal mining.
In the second report, the government has listed out number of mining leases permitted by each of the former CMs including under President's rule. The statistics suggest that Yeddyurappa has recommended the least, while Krishna, Kumaraswamy, Singh and former governor Rameshwar Thakur recommended the maximum cases. "The revenue loss quantified during tenure of Krishna, Kumaraswamy and Singh is over Rs 714 crore," the second report said.
It further said that report of public undertaking committee revealed that large scale of mining leases reserved for Mysore Minerals Ltd (MML) were allotted to individuals and other irregularities in transfer of permits during the period three former CMs. Like first reply, the government has maintained that CEC is empowered to take an appropriate decision on them.
In the first reply to CEC's query on why action was not initiated against Singh, the government had said governor Thakur recommended no action against the former CM for causing a loss of Rs 23.22 crore. "The then governor in July 2009 had intimated to Lokayukta that no action was required to recover the amount from Singh under section 12(4) of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984.
On Krishna, the reply citing interim report of the Lokayukta submitted in December 2008, noted that incomplete information on dereservation of 11,620 sqkm of forest was placed before the cabinet in December 2012. "The action of then director of mines & geology and concerned minister was incorrect/ inadequate while proposing for dereservation," the reply said.
The reply has questioned Justice Hegde's actions too. It said the Lokayukta in the December 2008 report stated the names of officers responsible for dereserving the areas. ""But, Hegde has not given any information nor made any recommendation to take action in this regard in the final report submitted in July 2011,"" the reply said. On doubts raised by Kumaraswamy, the department said CEC could take appropriate action.