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SC my only hope, says justice Hegde

delhi Updated: Jul 24, 2011 02:39 IST
Nagendar Sharma
Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Terming politics as the richest profession, the Lokayukta of Karnataka, justice Santosh Hegde on Saturday said he did not expect any action on from the state government on his latest report on the mining scam and his only hope was the Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court is already seized of the illegal mining matter in Karnataka and I am hopeful that it will take cognizance of the latest report also," justice Hegde told HT.

The Lokayukta, who demits office on August 2, said there was enough evidence of illegal mining in Bellary.

"I have the evidence about illegal mining and other illegalities going on there. I have put it in my report. And I am sure that the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) will take note of it."

Asked whether he expected the state government would take any action, the Lokayukta replied: "No government takes action on a report which is critical of it. Therefore I don't expect anything from it."

He said the state government had taken no action on his previous report on illegal mining also. "Politics is now the richest profession in the country, why should one expect the political class to act on reports exposing corruption," said justice Hegde, who demits office on August 2.

The Lokayukta rubbished the allegations that he did not give a chance to those named in his report, including the chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa. "In that case, it would have taken 10 years to finalise the report. This is a recommendatory report, which forms the basis for further investigation, followed by prosecution," he said.

Justice Hegde said if those named in the report felt aggrieved, they would get a chance to defend themselves in a court of law, which will also scrutinize the validity of his report.

The Lokayukta said the Supreme Court-appointed CEC has treated his previous report on illegal mining in 2008 as "virtual evidence" and he would be happy to provide the latest report also to them.