On Wednesday, a city civil court awarded a 7 day anticipatory bail to former Karnataka CM and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lawmaker H.D. Kumaraswamy. He is allegedly involved in a mining scam in which a serving IAS officer was arrested on Monday.
Kumaraswamy, who was the JD-S Chief Minister in 2006-07, is alleged to have given permission to extend the lease to Janthakal Enterprise, for extracting iron ore from the mineral-rich Ballari, Chitraduga and Tumukar districts and export it. The license was extended for 40 years (1985-2025) on August 23, 2007, to the company owned by jailed mining baron Vinod Goel by former Mines and Geology Department Director and Principal Secretary Gang Ram Baderia on the basis of two forged letters from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.
“Judge Vanamala Anandrao has given the seven-day anticipatory bail to my client to enable the public prosecutor to file objections by then,” Kumaraswamy’s counsel Hasmath Pasha said.
Responding to his release, IT Inspector General of Police K.S.R. Charan Reddy said, “I have no comment on the anticipatory bail given to Kumaraswamy. I respect the court order”.