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Over 600 Karnataka officials may face action on illegal mining

Posted by Admin on October 28, 2011

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By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – 6 hours ago

Bangalore, Oct 27 (IANS) Perhaps for the first time in India, over 600 officials may face action in one single state for one crime — illegal mining. Karnataka is set to achieve that dubious distinction as 617 officials, a few of them from the highly prized Indian Administrative Service (IAS), are to be punished.

The Karnataka cabinet is meeting Friday to accept an official panel’s report recommending action against these officials whom the Lokayukta (ombudsman) has held guilty of abetting/facilitating illegal mining in the state, official sources told IANS Thursday.

The officials belong to various departments such as mining, forest, revenue and transport.

Of the officials three are from the IAS and four from the Indian Forest Service, the sources said but declined to name them.

The Lokayukta had in its July 27 report on massive illegal mining had identified over 787 officials, some by name and others by designation, involved in abetting/facilitating illegal mining. It recommended action against them.

Under the Lokayukta rules, the state government has three months to accept or reject the report.

The Lokayukta report led to the fall of the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa as his trial was recommended for corruption in the scam. He resigned July 31 and the new government headed by D.V. Sadananda Gowda took office Aug 4.

Gowda set up a committee of senior officials headed by Additional Chief Secretary K. Jairaj to study the Lokayukta report and give its recommendation on the action to be taken against the officials.

The Jairaj panel submitted the report to Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath Monday.

The report will be considered by the cabinet Friday as the government has to meet the stipulation that it should either accept or reject the Lokayukta findings in three months, the sources said.

The rules state that if the government does not reject the report in three months, it is taken as accepted.

The sources said the cabinet is likely to accept the Jairaj panel recommendation to act against the officials and communicate the same to the Lokayukta soon.

The illegal mining scandal has rocked Karnataka since 2006 when H.D. Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) headed the JD-S-BJP coalition government.

Mining baron and former BJP minister G. Janardhana Reddy, now in Hyderabad jail for illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh, accused Kumaraswamy of taking Rs.150 crore bribe to allow illegal mining.

Kumaraswamy referred to the allegations against him to the Lokayukta, then headed by N. Santosh Hegde, a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

The scope of Hegde’s probe was enlarged after Yeddyurappa became chief minister in May 2008.

Hegde, whose term as Lokayukta ended Aug 2, estimated in his report that Karnataka has suffered a loss of over Rs.16,000 crore because of illegal mining.

Besides recommending trial of Yeddyurappa and action against over 700 officials, he had said Reddy, his elder brother G. Karunakara and their associate B. Sriramulu be dropped from the Yeddyurappa cabinet.

All three lost ministership when Yeddyurappa himself quit July 31.

Reddy was arrested Sep 5 by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh and is now in Hyderabad’s Chanchalaguda jail.

Yeddyurappa is also in jail in Bangalore but in connection with other corruption cases against him.

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Land allotment to sons a mistake, admits Yeddyurappa

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

Karnataka

State of Karnataka in India

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PTI – Fri, Jan 28 9:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa today admitted that he had committed a “mistake” by alloting land to his sons but appeared defiant about the act being “immoral or illegal”.

“If land is there you can offer it to anybody. My mistake is I allotted land to my son. If court takes a decision, let them take back the land,” Yeddyurappa told a TV channel.

However, Yeddyurappa- who virtually forced the party high command to allow him to continue in office despite the scandal- appeared to differ with party president Nitin Gadkari who had said the chief minister’s act of making out of turn land allotment to his sons may be “immoral but not illegal”.

“I will speak to Gadkari. He must be mistaken. Somebody must have misguided him”, Yeddyurappa said.

Yeddyurappa also lashed out at Karnataka governor HR Bharadwaj for giving sanction to prosecute him.

“He has converted the Raj Bhavan into a political party. I want to ask the governor Sahib: What is your intention?,” the chief minister said.

The chief minister felt that Bhardwaj may have been sent to Karnataka with a specific mission by the Congress high command.

“He may have been sent for this purpose only. Everyday we are observing, governor is acting like an opposition party leader in Karnataka.”

Yeddyurappa said that the governor had neither sent notices to him nor invited him for discussions to clear the air on the land deals.

“I am ready to face the prosecution in court”, he said.

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Papers surface alleging land grab by Deve Gowda family

Posted by Admin on November 26, 2010

The Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka's le...

Vidhana Soudha(Bengaluru),Karnataka

H.D Deve Gowda(Former Prime Minister of India)

H.D Deve Gowda(Former Prime Minister of India)

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HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) leader who has been exposing scandal after scandal involving chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, is now in the dock for helping his brother Balakrishne Gowda grab prime land in Bangalore.

Documents surfaced in Bangalore on Wednesday showing the gifting of prime land to Kupendra Reddy, who in turn sold part of the property to former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s son Balakrishne Gowda.

The Bangalore edition of Deccan Chronicle reports:

In 2007, then chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy who has been crying foul over BSY’s largesse to his kith and kin, granted an absolute sale deed to an extent of 28 acres of prime land belonging to KIADB on the bustling Sarjapur Outer Ring Road for a mere Rs 14 crore. Its market value today — Rs 850 crore.

Less than two months later, HDK’s brother and other members of the former chief minister’s family received a portion of this very property at a throw away price. Today, Accenture operates out of this office space.

According to documents available with Deccan Chronicle, the prime beneficiary in this deal is H.D. Balakrishne Gowda (HDK’s brother) who has got 25,000 sqft of built up office space for a mere Rs 3.08 crore at less than Rs 1,200 per sqft whereas the value at that time was Rs 4,000 per sqft of built up structure.

Deccan Herald had reported the deal back in 2007:

H D Kumaraswamy may now have to eat his words. A set of documents available with Deccan Herald reveals that his family members, indeed, have  connections with the city-based realtor D Kupendra Reddy, whose house was raided by the I-T department on Tuesday…

A day after the I-T raids, Mr Kumaraswamy had fumed at media reports that Mr Reddy was close to him and stoutly denied any connection with the realtor. The documents also reveal that the entire commercial space sold to Kavitha (Kumaraswamy’s sister-in-law) and her family members was originally owned by State-owned Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

Three years on, when the case surfaced again this Wednesday, Kumaraswamy told TV9 that Reddy had got the land from the industrial area development board when S M Krishna was chief minister. He claimed he had no knowledge of the deal involving his brother Balakrishne Gowda.

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said the BJP had acted immorally by letting scandal-tainted Yeddyurappa stay on as chief minister. He said he would take out a yatra in Karnataka to draw the people’s attention to Yeddyurappa’s “misdeeds.” Panchayat elections are due in the state in a month.

 

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