Initiate independent probe into Jindal land issue: Hiremath Hubballi

Welcoming the decision of the state government to reconsider its decision to sell Jindal Steels 3,667 acres of property, Citizens For Democracy encouraged the state government to set up an autonomous committee of investigation, headed by a individual of high integrity and expertise, to investigate the whole problem. Speaking to the press here on Friday, national president of Citizens For Democracy SR Hiremath said the commission should be requested to investigate the supposed illegality and irregularities of JSW Steel Company and Associates in illegal mining, pollution and non-Mysore Minerals Limited payments and associated instances. Mr. Hiremath said these problems had been pending for years, and several chief ministers did not bother to investigate these severe problems. He also said and explained that Citizens For Democracy and other organisations had no opposition to the business as long as they were carrying out their activities legally.

He said that Citizens For Democracy and other organisations would also urge the government of the state to cancel the choice to sell the property through an absolute sale deed and instead follow Industrial Policy 2014-19 and rent land only.

To a request, Mr. Hiremath said a delegation of Citizens For Democracy and Samaj Parivartana Samudaya met with the former chairperson of HK Patil’s Cabinet Sub-Committee on Illegal Mining after taking exception to the government’s decision to sell the territory in question.

“We also requested time in the BS Yeddyurappa Assembly to meet the former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, who is already leading an agitation against the government’s choice to sell property to the business. We will also approach the leaders of Janata Dal(S) Basavaraj S Horatti and AH Vishwanath who spoke against the choice of the government in this matter. We intend to launch a campaign against land sales to the business and, if needed, also take the legal path, “he said.

Mr. Hiremath said that Citizens For Democracy and other organizations also welcomed an order issued by the High Court of Karnataka on 31 May 2019 dismissing the Baldota Group’s written petition lodged by Ramgad Minerals and Mining Limited against a public notice of 11 April 2017 declaring an area of 17,872,24 hectares of biodiversity wealthy in Kappatagudda as a reserve. He said the battle wasn’t over yet, however, and organisations would organize a Kappatagudda region awareness program on July 13 and 14 to raise government awareness.

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