In an indictment that could create fresh crisis for BJP government in Karnataka, state Lokayukta (ombudsman) N. Santosh Hege said today that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, mining barons-turned-ministers Reddy brothers, Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and Congress MP Anil Lad were involved in one way of the other in illegal mining in the state.
Reacting to the leaking of the report which is ready to be submitted to the government, Hegde apologized for the leak but said it would no way lessen its importance. “My phones must have been tapped and the tapping could have led to the leakage,” he said.
Hedge, who will end his term as Lokayukta on August 2, said the illegal mining cost the state exchequer a loss of Rs. Rs 1800 Cr between March 2009 and May 2010.
Agreeing that most of the contents of the report leaked to the media were true, he said no action was taken by the government ever after submission of a report in December 2008.
Tourism Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy and Health Minister B. Sreeramulu along with the chief minister’s sons and son-in-law were named in the report, according to sources.
The Lokayukta will submit his report tomorrow to the government.