SM Krishna moves high court against illegal mining case

Bangalore : Foreign minister S.M. Krishna Friday moved a petition in the Karnataka High Court to quash the illegal mining case against him.

This comes a day after the Karnataka police launched a probe into his alleged role in illegal mining when he was chief minister 1999-2004. The petition is likely to be herard by the high court on Monday .

Krishna has contended in the petition that he had not de-reserved any forest area for mining nor has he committed any illegality or irregularity in de-reserving mining wealth in the state as chief minister, his lawyer Ashok Haranahally told reporters here.

Police attached to the Lokayukta Thursday the FIR, marking formal launch of a probe, against Krishna, two of his predecessors and 11 serving and retired senior officials.

The other two former chief ministers are N. Dharam Singh, also of Congress and H.D. Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal-Secular and N Dharam Singh of the Congress . Both are now Lok Sabha members from Karnataka.

The FIR was registered after Lokayukta special court judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao Dec 3 directed the police to probe the role of the three former chief ministers and the 11 officials in illegal mining in the state and submit a report by Jan 6.

The directive came on the complaint by a Bangalore businessman and social activist T.J. Abraham that the fouteen men had played a major role in facilitating illegal mining in return for financial gains.

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