May 30: Struggle against illegal mining in Karnataka

May 29, 2012

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article3433265.ece

Samaj Parivartana Samudaya founder-president S.R. Hiremath has said that the fight against illegal mining will continue seeking action against all the former Chief Ministers and the former Ministers who were allegedly involved in illegal mining and illegal de-notification of land.

He was addressing a press conference in Hubli on Friday. To whether his fight was only focussed on the alleged role of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in illegal mining and illegal de-notification of land, Mr. Hiremath clarified that the fight was not focussed on any particular party or individual.

“In the 1,400-page writ petition filed before the Supreme Court, we have brought to the notice of the court the illegal mining in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from 2000 to 2010. In the subsequent 1,000-page Interlocutory Application (IA) we have given further inputs and documents on the rampant illegal mining at various stages,” he said.

Mr. Hiremath said that senior officer U.V. Singh had, in his report, clearly mentioned the extent of illegal mining during the tenures of S.M. Krishna, N. Dharam Singh, H.D. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Yeddyurappa. “While the Supreme Court has ordered a CBI inquiry against Mr. Yeddyurappa, it is likely to take up such cases that happened during the tenures of the former Chief Ministers on August 3. Our fight will go on against all those who are involved in illegal de-notification and illegal mining,” he said.

To another query, he alleged that the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar too was involved in cases of illegal mining when S.M. Krishna was the Chief Minister. “There are 20 mining companies involved in illegal mining allegedly run by family members of the Reddy brothers and the wife of the former Minister B. Sriramulu,” he alleged. “We will not spare anyone however influential that individual or company might be,” he said.

He said that various people, including government employees and officials, had provided information to the organisation that proved crucial in the fight against illegal mining and illegal de-notification of land.

“We have documents and they will be submitted in court in the fight against illegal mining and illegal de-notification of land. We will submit documents in two more cases of illegal de-notification of land involving Mr. Yeddyurappa,” he said.
Action against officials

Mr. Hiremath said that in the wake of the Supreme Court order on May 11, 2012 directing the CBI to investigate the case, the organisations would urge the agency for action against all the officials belonging to various departments allegedly involved in illegal de-notification of land and illegal mining.

Raghavendra Kushtagi, G.N. Simha, M.B. Patil, Habib, I.G. Pulli, Viranna Jyoti, Anand Kolli, Nagappa Doddamani and Ningappa Baligar, office-bearers of various like-minded organisations associated with the samudaya in the fight against illegal mining were present.