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Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday suffered a massive, double blow.
The state Lokayukta blamed him and four of his ministers for illegal mining that has caused a Rs.1,827 crore loss to the exchequer in over a year, and now the state high court has lifted stay on proceedings against him in graft cases.
Besides Yeddyurappa, mining barons and ministers the Reddy brothers, Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and Congress MP Anil Lad were named by Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde in his report on illegal mining.
The 5,000-page report will be submitted on Friday but the contents were leaked to the media late on Wednesday.
Hegde on Thursday confirmed the contents and apologized for the leak. He, however, asserted that the importance of his findings would not be affected by the leak.
But BJP Karnataka leaders disagreed. The state unit chief K.S. Eshwarappa said the leak was 'shocking and the sanctity of the report is affected'.
The Congress stepped up its demand for Yeddyurappa's immediate resignation as Hegde has named him in his report.
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