Let Lokayukta complete probe against me first: HDK

Kumaraswamy asks Palemar if he has a role in illegal sand mining

Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy addressing the press persons in Mangalore on Sunday. DH Photo

Addressing the press persons here on Sunday, Kumaraswamy said that he and his family members have not resorted into any illegal means to make money.

“I will write to the Lokayukta and ask them to expedite the inquiry against me first. Let the Lokayukta take its own time to complete the inquiry against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa,” he added.

“The government, which ignored the Lokayukta report on mining scam is now levelling allegations against me. I appointed nearly 900 physically challenged persons in KPTCL when I was the Chief Minister and no question of corruption arises.

I am in no way linked to the allegations of land allotment to Garuda Mall in Bangalore. The land was handed over when S M Krishna was the Chief Minister,” Kumaraswamy clarified adding that the BJP government cannot prove charges against the JD(S).

“It is ridiculous that Yeddyurappa, who refuse to hand over the mining scam to CBI, is now seeking CBI inquiry against former Public Work Department Minister H D Revanna. My fight is not against Yeddyurappa, but it against the faulty policies of and corruption in the government,” he said.

Kumaraswamy said that the illegal export of iron ore continues in the State, even after ban on the same.

“The government, which is hesitant to hand over the land scam issue to Lokayukta, has ordered judicial probe. Lokayukta Justice N Santhosh Hegde is also a retired Supreme Court Judge. Hence, let him conduct inquiry into land scams,” he added.

“The BJP central leaders have exhibited their incapability by letting Yeddyurappa continue as the Chief Minister,” Kumaraswamy ridiculed.

Kumaraswamy alleged that the government had purchased sarees for Bhagyalakshmi scheme at Rs 110 - 125 per saree from Surath.

Meanwhile, in the purchase bill, the rate has been mentioned as Rs 250, he said. They spent nearly Rs 25 crore to organise programmes to distribute sarees worth Rs 50 crore, he charged and added that the amount could have been used to implement many other schemes.

Sand mining

Talking about illegal sand mining, Kumaraswamy said that sand is being transported to Kerala from Coastal region frequently.

“I would like to ask the District In-charge Minister J Krishna Palemar whether he is aware of this or not. Is he himself involved in the illegal sand transportation,” he questioned adding that even a college campus was used to store sand illegally.

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