Prime News, State (Bengaluru), May 17:- With a city sessions court granting seven-day interim bail to state JD(S) president and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday, it has come as a big relief for the JD(S) strongman. Speaking to reporters in Raichur, Kumaraswamy said, “I am ready for any kind of probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Lokayukta.
Kumaraswamy is in Raichur to interact with the party cadre in view of the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in Karnataka in 2018. The former chief minister said his detractors were trying to defame him by filing false cases against him.
The SIT arrested Revenue Department Principal Secretary Ganga Ram Baderia on Monday. He is accused of allowing Janthakal Enterprises to lift iron ore based on two forged letters, issued by Ministry of Environment and Forests. It was stated that there was pressure from the chief minister to accord permit to Janthakal. Kumaraswamy was the Chief Minister then. Since the mining scam happened during the tenures of former Kumaraswamy and N Dharam Singh of the Congress in 2005-07, the apex court also made them and then 11 serving and retired officers as respondents.
According to a complaint by Right to Information (RTI) activist T J Abhraham to the anti-corruption body, the former chief ministers and many officials were involved in de-reserving forest areas in the rich mineral district of Ballari. (MR).