Kumaraswamy who was named as one of the accused in the mining case report submitted by Lok Ayukta is in trouble since his bail plea has been rejected. The case was pertaining to the year 2006-07 when he was the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Lok Ayukta team on the directions of Supreme Court documented the report based on 2011 files. Lokayukta court judge Gopal cancelled the interim bail granted to Kumaraswamy and the only respite available to the JD(S) leader is to approach the High Court.
He was accused of putting pressure on an IAS officer, who was mining secretary in 2007, to allow a private firm called Jantakal Enterprise to lift illegally mined iron ore which came into limelight after the arrest of IAS officer Gangaram Baderiya for allowing the firm to lift 1 million tonnes of illegally mined iron ore from a storage facility in Chitradurga in 2007. On his arrest, he said that he did sanction it on the behest of then CM Kumaraswamy.
Reacting to the court’s decision, Kumaraswamy said “I do not have any role in this case. I will be proven innocent.”
Due to this decision, the political scenario in Karnataka has become active all of a sudden.