Kumaraswamy too gets call

The three have been ordered to appear in the court on August 30.

Advocate Vinod Kumar had filed a case against Kumaraswamy and his family members on the renewal of lease to Janthakal Mining company in violation of norms.

Judge N K Sudhindra Rao on Monday dismissed the case against the other accused in the case — H D Deve Gowda, Balakrishna, Kavitha Balakrishna, H D Revanna and Bhavani Revanna.

Kumar alleged that a mining lease was granted at Hirekandawadi and Tanigehalli villages of Holalkere taluk, Chitradurga, to Janthakal Enterprises. The lease was granted in 1965 to K Raghavendra Rao. Later Janthakal claimed that it was transferred in its favour in 1967.

The lease was renewed twice under Section 8(2) of Mines and Minerals (Regulation and  Development) Act through two gazette notifications after a gap of 22 years on July 23, 2007, during Kumaraswamy’s tenure as chief minister.

The complaint also alleged that Janthakal did not have any clearance from any of the environmental agencies, and yet the company was allowed to lift one lakh tonnes of iron ore, in complete violation of the law.

Kumar also charged Kumaraswamy with making bulk allotment of land to Vishwabharathi Housing Co-operative Society.

He said such allotment of land violated the orders of both the High Court and the Supreme Court. Kumar also pointed out that the person executing the sale deed and the person in whose favour the deed was executed were one and the same.

He also alleged that Anita Kumaraswamy had got a residential plot for favouring the housing society.

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