Karnataka state Lokayukta Justice Santosh N. Hegde on Thursday said he has given “substantive” and “voluminous” evidence against him in the illegal mining scam which has cost the state exchequer Rs 1800 crore in a period of 14 months.
Hegde, who is likely to submit his report by Monday, squarely held Yeddyurappa responsible for the happenings in mineral-rich Bellary where there is a “mafia-like situation” with every official being involved.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “The immediate resignation of the Chief Minister should be the starting.”
The Lokayukta described the illegal mining scam as huge.
“In the time period of 14 months, it is more than Rs 1800 crore. The time period is between March 2009 to May 2010. It is the loss to the state exchequer. It is loss to the state”.
On the other hand BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the party will wait for the report on illegal mining in the state to be made public before coming out with any reaction and asked the Congress to first take action against those named in the Shunglu Committee and Delhi Lokayukta report.