Whistleblower unhappy with CBI’s FIR

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The NGO, Samaj Parivartan Samuday(SPS), which played a pivotal role in bringing illegal mining in the state to the attention of the Supreme Court, is unhappy with the contents of the CBI's First Information Report (FIR) registered against former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, claiming it is not wide enough in its ambit, and has ignored many of the issues raised by the Central Empowered Committee(CEC) on bribes allegedly paid to him and members of his family.

Mr S.R. Hiremath, convenor of SPS, has in a letter to the CEC said several matters included in its April 20 report pertaining to the bribes allegedly paid to Mr Yeddyurappa, his sons — B. Y. Vijayendra, B.Y. Raghavendra , son-in-law R. N. Sohan Kumar, and the role of the JSW Group of companies find no mention in the FIR registered by the CBI on May 15 this year.

For instance, the FIR did not refer to the CEC's demand for a CBI investigation into mining baron, R Praveen Chandra, being sanctioned a mining lease in Chitradurga during the tenure of Mr Yeddyurappa around the time that he made "donations" of Rs. 6 crores to firms belonging to his close relatives, he observed .

It also made no mention of investigation recommended by the CEC into more cases of denotification of land by the Bengaluru Development Authority either, he pointed out, urging the panel to plead with the Supreme Court to pass suitable orders to make sure the CBI covered all these aspects of the case in its FIR. Mr Hiremath appealed to the CEC to recommend a CBI investigation into the alleged illegal contracts entered into by state-owned Mysore Minerals Ltd with other corporate entities such as Kalyani Steel, Kalyani Ferrous and Mukand Steel, and the rampant illegal mining in the Ramghad Reserve Forest.

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