Karnataka Lokayukta on Wednesday submitted its report on illegal mining to the state government, with the findings expected to determine the fate of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. The report mentioned that a mining company donated Rs 10 crore to a trust owned by Yeddyurappa’s family members. Loss to the exchequer for period 2006-2010 was estimated at Rs 16,085 crore.
BJP party sources say thatB S Yeddyurappa has been summoned to Delhi by the top brass following the Lokayukta’s report on illegal mining.
Lokayukta Registrar Moosa Kunhi Nayar Moole handed over the report to Chief Secretary S V Ranganath at the State Secretariat.
Contents of the voluminous report were not known immediately but as per the leaked versions, it has named Yeddyurappa, four ministers and former chief minister and JDS leaderH D Kumaraswamy, among others.
The loss to the state exchequer because of illegal mining for 14 months — between March 2009 and April 2010 — had been pegged at more than Rs 1,827 crore.
Besides, it has reportedly named more than 500 officials.
“I have gone through a lot of turmoil…this thing…leakage and other things…lot of work has been done by Lokayukta staff (in compiling the report)…”, Hegde told PTI.
“Copy of the report on illegal mining has also been sent to GovernorH R Bhardwaj,” Hegde said.
Asked if more than 500 officials and more than 100 politicians had been named, Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, said, “I don’t want to speak about the contents of the report. This is exactly what’s been happening. I think it’s not possible to keep all this (information) on the hold.”
He had said earlier the report with annexures runs into 10,000 to 12,000 pages, with “his own report of 450 to 500 pages”.
Yeddyurappa said earlier in the day that he would consult Cabinet colleagues and legal experts once he received the report, adding, he had told BJP President Nitin Gadkari he would bring the contents to his notice. Economic Times