S M Krishna shoots missive to CM on CEC report

Published: 28th June 2012 11:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2012 11:48 AM   |  A+A-

Terming the Karnataka government’s action in sending its second report on the illegal mining during previous state governments to the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) as “mischievous” and “factually incorrect”, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna urged Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to withdraw the same.

In a strongly worded 10-page letter addressed to the CM dated Tuesday, copies of which were released here on Wednesday, Krishna, who served as CM during 1999-2004, expressed anguish over the government’s action in sending the supplementary report  to the CEC.

Countering the state government’s observation that he had recommended 16 mining leases to the Centre, of which many were endorsed, Krishna said that not a single lease was granted as has been made out in the report. “I would like to reiterate that let alone recommending any case from the de-reserved category of mineral bearing areas, not even the preliminary hearing under rule 26(1) of Mineral Concession Rules, 1960, was taken up for consideration during my tenure as CM,” Krishna stated in the letter.

The Minister expressed surprise over the change of mind of the government in sending the second report submitted to the CEC reversing both the content and the character of its first report. “The second report contains distorted information and out of context quotations so as to deliberately suggest a wrong doing on my part as the chief minister from October 1999 to May 2004,” Krishna added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp