Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister M.P. Prakash have said that they have no objection to the U.L. Bhat Commission seeking the assistance of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe certain matters, including the role of important personalities, with regard to the mining scam.

In separate reactions to the media, they said it was the prerogative of the commission to opt for any investigative agency to extend support to it in its pursuit to establish facts. Incidentally, the Chief Minister and the Home Minister have been labelled as accused by BJP MLC G. Janardhan Reddy in the Rs. 150-crore mining scam.

Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Prakash said the Government would not interfere with the steps being taken by the commission. The Deputy Chief Minister said that he was happy to note that the commission had chosen the CBI.

Commission's guidance

Mr. Prakash said the commission had not ordered for a CBI probe.

The investigation would be subject to the direction and control of the commission. The CBI officers would provide assistance under the overall guidance of the commission.

"We have no objection whatsoever in seeking of CBI assistance by the commission," Mr. Prakash said.

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