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Govt may not take action on report: Santosh Hegde

PTI Bangalore | Updated on July 27, 2011

Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde at his office in Bangalore. PHOTO V. Sreenivasa Murthy   -  V Sreenivasa Murthy

Ahead of the submission of his report on illegal mining, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Mr Santosh Hegde today said he does not believe the Government would act on his findings.

“As I said yesterday, I don’t believe the Government will take action”, Mr Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, told presspersons.

“They (the State Government) took the first (interim) report (submitted in December 2008) but did not take action“.

Lokayukta Registrar Moosa Kunhi Nayar Moole is slated to hand over the report to the Chief Secretary, Mr S. V. Ranganath, later today.

The report has pegged the loss to the State exchequer due to illegal mining between March 2009 and April 2010 at more than Rs 1,800 crore.

Mr Hegde, a member of Lokpal bill drafting committee, declined to talk about contents of the report, which has indicted the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa, four Cabinet Ministers, and former Chief Minister and JDS leader, Mr H.D. Kumaraswamy, among others, and more than 500 officials, particularly in mineral-rich Bellary district.

Asked if he would also submit the report to the Supreme Court, Mr Hegde said the apex court had not sought it. "If asked, I will have to give it, and I will give it. Otherwise, someone else may give it,” he said.

Last week, Mr Hegde had said the “Supreme Court is my only hope.” He said leakage of the report does not mean it has lost its “significance”. It’s just that somebody got it in advance. “It’s not (like) leak of question paper (in examination).”

Mr Hegde said he has mentioned in the report about “possible threat” to Lokayukta (five) officials who were involved in the enquiry. “And I have not said that there is already a threat“.

He said these Lokayukta officials might have displeased a number of people (by probing into their illegal affairs) and there is a possibility that their future could be in jeopardy.

Published on July 27, 2011

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