SC Asks Karnataka SIT to Probe Ex-CMs in Iron Ore Mining Case

The apex court also said that its stay on the investigation against CM SM Krishna will continue during the period.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police to investigate the role of former Chief Ministers N Dharam Singh and HD Kumaraswamy in the iron ore mining case, and file a report within three months.

The apex court, however, said that its stay on the investigation against another former Chief Minister SM Krishna will continue during the period.

A bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman restrained all other courts including the high court from passing any order in the case.

It has been alleged by one of the complainants, TJ Abraham that the former chief ministers connived with several bureaucrats and others in deregistering a huge tract of forest land, and allowed illegal iron ore mining on a large scale.

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The complainant had also referred to various reports of the then Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde indicting several politicians, bureaucrats and others.