SC panel report on mining on April 20

SC panel report on mining on April 20

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) will submit its report on April 20 on whether alleged transfer of money from mining companies to trusts owned by relatives of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa should be probed by the CBI or not.

The CEC completed its hearing on Wednesday and it had asked all parties including the Karnataka Government, Yeddyurappa and private mining companies to submit their written submissions by April 18. 

The report is being eagerly awaited by Yeddyurappa, who has been demanding his reinstatement, and his followers. The former chief minister is hoping that if the CEC decides against the CBI probe, the decks will be cleared for him to become the Chief minister again.

Based on the recommendation, the apex court Green Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia will decide on whether the illegal mining in Karnataka, including illegal export of seized iron ore from Belekere port in Uttar Kannada district, transfer of funds by mining companies to trusts owned by Yeddyurappa sons needs to be probed by the central agency or not.  

Samaj Parivarthana Samudaya, a Dharwad-based NGO, in its earlier petition filed before the CEC had argued that sufficient prima facie material was available to prove involvement of private entities and people in power and the investigation by an independent agency was very much needed.

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