BANGALORE: A day after he was booked by the Lokayukta police, the External Affairs Minister, Mr S M Krishna on Friday filed petition in the Karnataka High Court seeking quashing of the private complaint accusing him of facilitating illegal mining during his chief ministership.
Mr Krishna also sought quashing of the FIR filed by the Lokayukta police and a stay on the proceedings before the Lokayukta court, contending “no offence” had been made out against him in the complaint.
The reference made by the Lokayukta court directing a probe into the allegations against him was “bad in law”, he said.
On a direction from the Lokayukta court, the Lokayukta police on Thursday registered an FIR against Mr Krishna, who was the chief minister from 1999 to 2004, and his successors Mr N Dharam Singh, the JD-S chief, Mr H D Kumaraswamy and 11 officials.
Allowing the private complaint by a social activist Mr T J Abraham, who alleged that Mr Krishna and others facilitated illegal mining for pecuniary gains, the Lokayukta judge, Mr N K Sudhindra Rao on December 3 directed the Lokayukta police to investigate and submit a report by January 6.
Mr Abraham had submitted that his complaint was based on the report on illegal mining presented to the government by the then Lokayukta, Mr Justice (retd) Santosh Hegde in August.
Mr Krishna’s petition is expected to be listed for hearing early next week.