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Dec 14, 2011 at 06:43pm IST

Illegal mining case: Hearing on Krishna's plea on Thursday

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court will on Thursday hear External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's plea to dismiss an illegal mining case against him. Justice B.V. Pinto, who on Wednesday took up Krishna's petition, adjourned the hearing to Thursday as the former chief minister's lawyer sought time.

Krishna filed the petition on Dec 9 after police registered a first information report (FIR) over his alleged role in allowing illegal mining when he was Karnataka chief minister 1999-2004.

The FIR was registered on the direction of Lokayukta (ombudsman) court Judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao with whom Bangalore businessman T.J. Abraham filed a complaint against Krishna, two other former chief ministers and 11 serving and retired senior officials.

Mining case: Hearing on Krishna's plea on Thursday

The Karnataka HC will hear Foreign Minister S M Krishna's plea to dismiss the case on Thursday.

Krishna said in his petition that he had not committed "any illegality or irregularity" regarding mining when he was the chief minister.