Apart from external affairs minister SM Krishna, his senior Congress colleague N Dharam Singh and JDS state unit president HD Kumaraswamy, who succeeded him as chief ministers, have been named in the FIR, Lokayukta ADGP Satyanarayana Rao informed the media
Bangalore: A first information report (FIR) was registered against external affairs minister SM Krishna and two other former Karnataka chief ministers by the Lokayukta Police today on a private complaint alleging that they facilitated illegal mining during their tenure, reports PTI.
Apart from Mr Krishna, his senior Congress colleague N Dharam Singh and JDS state unit president HD Kumaraswamy, who succeeded him as chief ministers, have been named in the FIR, Lokayukta ADGP Satyanarayana Rao told PTI.
Eleven bureaucrats have also been named in the FIR filed under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Forest Conservation Act, Forest Act and Minerals and Metals Regulation and Development Act (MMRDA) and IPC.
Admitting a private complaint filed by TJ Abraham on 3rd December, Lokayukta Court judge NK Sudhindra Rao had directed the police to investigate it and submit a report on or before 6th January.
The complainant has alleged Mr Krishna, who was the chief minister from October 1999 to May 2004, and Mr Dharam Singh and Mr Kumaraswamy permitted illegal mining for pecuniary gains.
Mr Abraham, a city-based social activist and a businessman, had submitted that his complaint was based on the report on illegal mining presented to the government by then Lokayukta Santosh Hegde in August.
With this, four former chief ministers are facing Lokayukta police probe based on private complaints. BS Yeddyurappa was released on bail last month after his arrest on a private complaint alleging irregularities in land denotifications to benefit his family members.
Trinamool Congress, a UPA constituent and partner in the government, had said it would vote in favour of an adjournment motion against FDI in retail. “This compelled us to put the brake on FDI decision,” finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said
New Delhi: Strongly defending its decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday told Congress MPs that the government was ‘compelled’ to suspend the move to avoid “pre-mature elections”, reports PTI.
Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party, Mr Mukherjee also apologised to members who had supported the government in allowing FDI in retail but said going ahead with the decision could have created a ‘crisis’ for the government.
“I am sorry to those members who had supported FDI in retail and might be feeling let down. But if we had gone ahead it could have created a crisis for the government,” he said.
A member quoted Mr Mukherjee as saying that had the government gone ahead, it could have led to mid-term polls.
It was the responsibility of the Congress to take allies on board, he said in an apparent reference to Trinamool Congress which had opposed the decision.
Trinamool Congress, a UPA constituent and partner in the government, had said it would vote in favour of an adjournment motion against FDI in retail.
This stand had created a piquant situation for the government, Mr Mukherjee said pointing out that an adjournment motion was similar to a no-confidence motion and never before has any party in the government voted in favour of such a motion.
“This compelled us to put the brake on FDI decision,” he said.
Making it clear that suspension of the FDI decision did not amount to roll-back, Mr Mukherjee said that the government would strive to develop a consensus on the issue.