SIT told not to arrest HDK till July last week 

SIT told not to arrest HDK till July last week 

 The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday extended the interim relief granted to former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, directing the Lokayukta’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) not to arrest him till the last week of July.

The SIT is probing the illegal mining carried out by Janthakal Enterprises. Kumaraswamy has been named as one of the accused in the case. Justice Rathnakala, hearing the anticipatory bail application filed by Kumaraswamy, asked the SIT to inform the court why they need to conduct a custodial interrogation of Kumaraswamy.

SIT counsel P Govindan, submitting the case diary before the court, said it was a white collar offence. He said it was an economic offence which has caused huge loss to the state exchequer and there is a requirement by the SIT to conduct custodial interrogation of the petitioner for more evidence.

Kumaraswamy’s counsel Hasmath Pasha said there was a political vendetta against his client and pressure was building up to arrest him.

He said if his client was taken into custody for interrogation, it would damage his reputation. No court in the country can set right the damage done to Kumaraswamy, the counsel said.

Pasha said three crime cases registered by the SIT have similar offences and two FIRs have been registered against his client.

As per the Supreme Court directions, two FIRs cannot be registered for the same offence. He said there was no gratification and the mining conducted by Janthakal Enterprises was legal.

The SIT registered a case against Kumaraswamy after he was named by IAS officer Gangaram Baderiya, who is being probed in the case. He has been booked for cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust and giving false information, criminal conspiracy under IPC sections.

Kumaraswamy is also booked under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.

The SIT had arrested Baderiya for according permission to Janthakal Enterprises in 2006. During the probe, Baderiya said the licence for mining was given on the instructions of the then chief minister Kumaraswamy.

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