New Delhi: The Karnataka state government on Thursday sent back the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. The report had indicted the state government and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. Yeddyurappa had to resign following the report's publication in July.
The government said it wanted further clarifications on the report, particularly if action can be recommended against MLAs and Ministers without any complaint against them.
But this action raised questions on whether the BJP government is trying to bail out Yeddyurappa and other ministers named in the scam.
State Law Minister Suresh Kumar has refuted the speculation. Kumar said, "There was an allegation, based on which there was a probe. It is important to know the truth. All we want is some clarification and that's why we are referring the report back."
The report resulted in the resignation of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and three other ministers from Bellary.
The state government, though, is already racing against time to meet the three-month deadline for furnishing an "Action Taken Report" on the document submitted to it by former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on July 27.
Challenging the recommendations over legal and constitutional provisions, the government has sought to know whether the definition of "public servant" under Section 13 of Lokayukta Act included ministers.
"The Lokayukta has not followed the principle of natural justice while recommending action against the then Chief Minister, who has already quit, and removal of three other ministers", Kumar alleged.
The Lokayukta held the probe into illegal mining on a reference by the state government under Section 7 (2) A of the Lokayukta Act and not on a complaint, Kumar said disapproving of the action against political leaders under Section 13 of the Act.
With Additional Information from PTI