Lokayukta report on illegal mining names Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, currently holidaying in Mauritius, is among a slew of politicians set to be named in a damning Lokayukta report on the illegal plunder of Karnataka's iron ore resources over the decade.

Cutting across party lines, the 8,000-page report also names the Reddy brothers of Bellary, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anil Lad, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and BJP MLA Anand Singh.

While it will be officially submitted to the state government over the weekend, some of the findings of the report were confirmed by sources in the Lokayukta.

"All I can say is that my report has been leaked,'' said Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde when contacted.

The report estimates that the state lost Rs 1,827 crore in 14 months, between 2009 and 2010, through the export of iron ore from Bellary district without valid permits.

Yeddyurappa, who has been the mining minister and the CM since June 2008, has been specifically indicted in a case where dues of nearly Rs 118 crore, owed by a private mining firm operating in a state-owned mining area, were waived off.

The JD(S) had earlier accused an educational trust run by Yeddyurappa's sons, B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra, of having received a Rs 30-crore kickback from the South West Mining Company, an affiliate of Jindal Steel Works, for waiving the government dues.

The Lokayukta's report is the second and final one on iron ore mining in the state. In December 2008, the Lokayukta had submitted the first report which specifically looked at forest encroachments and mining lease violations by mining units in the state.

The Lokayukta inquiry into illegal mining was ordered by the H D Kumaraswamy government in 2006-07, following allegations that Kumaraswamy had received kickbacks from mining firms for mining permits.

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