A Special Lokayukta (Ombudsman) Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Karnataka's former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in a mining case in which he is alleged to have taken bribes for favours.
"I need not panic because my anticipatory bail plea has been rejected. I have to follow my advocate's advice. My future course of action will be decided by my advocate," Kumaraswamy, a Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lawmaker said.
The anti-graft watchdog court had granted a seven-day interim bail to Kumaraswamy on 17 May in the Janthakal mining case.
The former chief minister is accused of misusing office, corruption and illegal grants of permission when he was the chief minister of the state's first JD-S-BJP coalition government in 2006-07.
"They are raking up an 11-year-old case. It is political vendetta," he said.
Though state revenue principal secretary, Gangaram Baderia, was arrested on 15 May in the same case, he secured bail on 3 June.
Meanwhile, former BJP minister G Janardhana Reddy appeared before the anti-corruption watchdog (Lokayukta) SIT on Tuesday.
The SIT had, in May, asked Reddy to furnish evidence to support the bribery allegations he levelled against Kumaraswamy in 2007. Reddy has alleged that Kumaraswamy and his family received Rs 150 crore in kickbacks from various mining companies.
Kumaraswamy said: "The SIT has asked Reddy to produce documents. How can Reddy produce documents on an alleged corruption deal which has not taken place at all? I will come out unscathed."
But the SIT chief, KSR Charan Reddy, on Tuesday said Reddy's statement was recorded but refused to disclose its nature.
Kumaraswamy is alleged to have given permission to extend the lease to Janthakal Enterprise for extracting iron ore from the mineral-rich Ballari, Chitradurga and Tumakuru districts and export it.
Published Date: Jun 13, 2017 07:49 pm | Updated Date: Jun 13, 2017 07:49 pm