Officials in dark over CEC letter

Officials in dark over CEC letter

In a shocking case of negligence, the top officials of the Karnataka government were clueless about a crucial letter written by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) seeking response to issues raised by a petitioner regarding illegal mining allowed by three former chief ministers for more than a week.

The letter, addressed to the chief secretary, dated May 3, 2012, and signed by M K Jiwarajka, Member Secretary, CEC, was based on the petition of Abraham T J on alleged illegal mining allowed by former chief ministers S M Krishna, N Dharam Singh and H D Kumaraswamy.

It is said that Minister Basavaraj Bommai raised the matter with the officials demanding a copy of the letter and the response the Government has given to the CEC. The officers later on, began looking for the letter and eventually it was “traced”. It is said that Law Minister Suresh Kumar has got a copy of the CEC letter from Abraham on Saturday.

The Yeddyurappa camp is apprehensive that some leaders in the BJP might be trying to help the JD(S) by not showing interest in giving details of the alleged illegal mining that was allowed during Kumaraswamy’s regime. A section of the supporters of Yeddyurappa have been alleging that Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has been hobnobbing with Deve Gowda family.

Abraham, in his petition before the Supreme Court, has prayed that a lot of irregularities in mining had taken place during the regime of S M Krishna, Dharam Singh and Kumaraswamy. The CBI should conduct inquiry against them too simultaneously, he said.

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