Mysuru, January 18:- There is no political motive behind the handing over the illegal mining case to the Special investigative Team (SIT), said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Speaking to media persons on Thursday at Suttur Helipad prior to his participation in Suttur Jathra Mahotsava, Siddaramaiah said, “We approved a SIT probe for all the cases related to illegal mining of iron ore as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said it could not find evidence in it. There is no political motive behind this approval.”
Former chief minister and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa had accused the state government on handing over the case to SIT with political motives and an eye on the 2018 Assembly elections in the state.
Rebutting BSY’s statement, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “The CBI had closed the probe citing lack of prima facie evidence and only after cabinet sub-committee’s recommendation, the government decided to hand over the case to SIT. To protect the Reddy brothers in the case, the Centre had misused the power and may have brought pressure to the CBI. During the UPA rule, the BJP leaders called CBI as ‘Chor Bachao’ Agency, now the same leaders have got a great affection towards the CBI,” he alleged.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took part in the valedictory of the Krishi Mela, exhibition and the cultural festival organised as part of the six-day long Suttur Jathra Mahotsava at Suttur in Mysuru district.
On the occasion, Siddaramaiah inaugurated the Model Making Centre of the Knowledge Resource Centre for Science and Technology at Suttur Srikshetra.
The Chief Minister also delivered the valedictory address on the occasion and the event was presided over by PWD and District in-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa.
Suttur Mutt Pontiff Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj H K Patil, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait, Ministers Geetha Mahadevaprasad, A Manju, MP R Dhruvanarayan, MLA M K Somashekar and others were present. -(KS,KK)