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Updated: December 9, 2011 00:50 IST

Lokayukta police file FIR against S.M. Krishna, two other ex-CMs

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An FIR was registered against S.M. Krishna and two other former Karnatka Chief Ministers by the Lokayukta Police on Thursday on a complaint alleging that they facilitated illegal mining during their tenure. File photo
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An FIR was registered against S.M. Krishna and two other former Karnatka Chief Ministers by the Lokayukta Police on Thursday on a complaint alleging that they facilitated illegal mining during their tenure. File photo

On the orders of the Special Lokayukta Court here, the Lokayukta police on Thursday filed FIR against three former Chief Ministers as well as 11 senior civil servants of Karnataka.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, and MPs N. Dharam Singh and H.D. Kumaraswamy will be investigated by the Lokayukta police in a case in which they have been accused of complicity in the alleged multi-crore mining scam.

The investigating agency will also probe the role of one IPS and 10 IAS officers.

With this, the three former Chief Ministers join a long list of politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party who are currently being tried for corruption.

The former Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, Home Minister R. Ashok, Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani, Housing Minister V. Somanna, the former Minister, Katta Subramanya Naidu, and MLAs S. Muniraju and Y. Sampangi are facing cases of corruption in the Lokayukta Court.

Private complaint

Thursday's FIR is the result of a private complaint filed on November 29 by Abraham T.J., an RTI and Dalit activist, who alleged that policy decisions taken by Mr. Krishna between 1999 and 2004, and later by his two successors, to de-reserve forest land led to the State's mineral wealth being plundered by private companies.

On December 3, the court referred the case to the Lokayukta police for investigation. It set January 6 as the deadline for submission of the findings.

The FIR has been filed under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Forests (Conservation) Act, 1980, the Karnataka Forest Act, 1963 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957. Sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to destruction of evidence, criminal breach of trust, forgery and criminal conspiracy have also been invoked.

Mr. Abraham's complaint is primarily based on the two reports on illegal mining submitted to the State government by the Lokayukta when the former Supreme Court judge, Justice N. Santosh Hegde, headed it.

‘Deliberate and ill-intentioned'

Mr. Abraham, who represented himself in court, contended that these policy decisions were not merely misguided but were also deliberate and ill-intentioned acts of “commission and omission” to cause gains for mining corporations at the cost of the State exchequer.

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Be it Congress or BJP, now they have found a novel way of settling vendetta politics, by employing dummy RTI activists and NGO's. where was this guy Abraham all these 15 years? In the first place, when Yeddy was implicated and ordered for judicial custody, BJP should have quit the government in Karnataka. Instead of going for guns with Congress, BJP should better clean its acts first. The party is deep rooted in corruption and nepotism.

BJP is not an alternative to Congress, being it opened new chapters in land mining and 2G spectrum scandals. Congress just followed those lines drawn by BJP and made full use of it. BJP should shut their mouth and clean their act first.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Dec 12, 2011 at 06:37 IST

There are people interested in fixing our country. Genuine people or NGOs should be given the funds to track, find, expose and report any and all abuses. I am hoping that a time will come when Government servents in India, including the chief and prime ministers are held accountable - to the law and to the people.

from:  Vinod Nair
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 12:26 IST

Let's see how far the lawsuit proceeds. Let's be vigilant and make sure that this is a genuine attempt at transparency and not a show arrest to showcase the govt's non-existent grit to proceed against corruption.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 10:32 IST

Krishna is right when he says that he did not issue any mining licence. What he did was to de-reserve forest area against the advice of the Department so that mining there was facilitated. The complaint is that this de-reservation of forest that was followed by mining in the area, benefited Krishna's relatives. If evidence can be led to prove this, the man is in trouble.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 09:45 IST

Bravo Abraham! I envy you. I am not able to contrbute to the welfare of tour motherland the way you do.
India can we is the paradise of politicians!
Incorrigible India!

from:  R Swaminathan
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 07:37 IST

It would be both honorable and graceful on Mr.Krishna's part if he were to put in his papers and get out of the government till the outcome of the case and his culpability is decided.That would definitely raise his stock very high in the eyes of the people
particularly when masses are being bombarded every alternate day with some minister's or senior politician's or a high government official's involvement in some scam or some extra-legal thing.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 04:45 IST

Mr. Salman Kurshid will say S>M.Krishna is innocent and the PM will say that he is a Congressman and therefore how can I take action. So I will wait for another 2 1/2 years just like Marans Rajas to send him out of the cabinet. By the time elections would take over. By the time SM Krishna would get a certificate of merit
for Quatrochchi Anderson like that of Santhosh Hegde. Digviyay Singh would say this is RSS conspiracy

from:  raam
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 01:48 IST

This is yet another instance to prove that there is rampant corruption among
politicians occupying seats of power, misusing the office to their advantage, and
calls for speedy investigation and trial which should be carried to its logical
conclusion. Such blatant corruption involving crores of rupees deprives the State of
its legitimate dues which, in turn, adversely affects the various development projects
meant for the welfare of the common man, who ultimately, stands to suffer. That
the general public are totally disenchanted with such unethical behaviour of our
'netajis' would be an understatement.

from:  T.S.SREENIvasan
Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 at 23:27 IST
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