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Monday, July 18, 2011

KARNATAKA POLITICS: Lokayukta will cc mining report to Supreme Court!

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Suchith Kidiyoor / Posted On Monday, July 18, 2011 at 09:47:20 AM /

Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde.

The Yeddyurappa camp is strategising plan to cold-storage the report that is expected to be scathing on the government. Hegde, retiring early August, is all set to outsmart the political ruling class by sending a copy to CEC appointed by SC.

It is time-tested routine of governments, irrespective of the ruling party. After any scam, riot or terror attack, an inquiry is ordered without fail. And again unfailingly, the government will either sit on or cobweb the report.

A similar fate is awaiting the report of the inquiry conducted by Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde into the mining scam in the state, according to the buzz in both the political and bureaucratic circles. Hegde is expected to submit the report — which like Metro Reach-I is just-happening types — in a week or so, just on the threshold of the former Supreme Court judge's retirement date (August 2).

Top BJP politicians supporting chief minister B S Yeddyurappa — who they fear could be targeted in the report — have their strategy in place to give it a quiet burial. Not that the Congress and Janata Dal (S) of the Gowda father-son duo will even whimper, since Hegde's inquiry delves into the past as way back as 2000 when either of these two parties was ruling.

The ace that the Lokayukta has up his sleeve is submitting a copy of his report to Supreme Court. Hegde told Bangalore Mirror: “I will send a copy of the report to the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) which has been appointed by the Supreme Court to probe illegal mining in the state.”

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