No anticipatory bail for Kumaraswamy in mining case

Former Karnataka chief minister and state JD(S) president H.D. Kumaraswamy is in trouble with a special court denying him bail in Bengaluru on Tuesday in an illegal mining case.

Lokayukta Court judge Gopal rejected the prayer of Kumaraswamy, who has been summoned by the Lokayukta’s special investigation team in connection with the case, PTI reported.

The former CM has been accused of pressuring the then Commissioner of Mines, Gangaram Baderiya, to clear a file in favor of a company in 2007. Kumaraswamy, the son of former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, was chief minister at that time.

The SIT arrested Baderiya, Principal Secretary (Revenue) at present, on May 15.

Talking to reporters, Kumaraswamy has denied all charges, “I do not have any role in this case… My legal team will bail me out… I will prove myself innocent.”