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Karnataka will abide by SC order on illegal mining: Sadananda

September 23, 2011 15:27 IST

The Karnataka government would abide by the Supreme Court decision on the recommendation of Central Empowered Committee to extend Central Bureau of Investigation probe into illegal mining in the state, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said on Friday.

"I will abide by the Supreme Court decision," Gowda told reporters when asked about CEC's recommendation to the court on Thursday for a CBI probe into illegal mining in Karnataka.

Gowda had earlier rejected demands for a CBI probe citing the Lokayukta investigation into the illegal mining in the state. Under the apex court ruling, the CBI is investigating into illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh.

Former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivasa Reddy have been arrested by the CBI in this connection. The SC-appointed CEC has extensively inspected mining areas in parts of Karnataka earlier and opined that illegal mining had taken place in the state.

Gowda in reply to a question said those facing allegations of any sort cannot be inducted into the ministry, obviously referring to the Reddy brothers and mining magnates.

On former minister B Sreeramulu, who has resigned from his assembly membership, Gowda expressed hope he would withdraw it. Sreeramulu, a business associate of the Reddy family, submitted his resignation letter to Speaker K G Bopaiah in person on September 4, but it was yet to be accepted.

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