Bangalore : The Karnataka government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court in two days, challenging its order revoking the ban on export of iron ore.
Confirming this to the media, chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa said, “We have already discussed the issue with law experts and have directed them to prepare an appeal against the apex court’s order dated April 5. We will file the appeal within two days and ask the Supreme Court to revoke the stay granted against the banning of export of iron ore,” he said.
In its appeal, the state will outline the reasons that prompted the government to impose the ban to check illegal mining and export of iron ore.
The government will also bring to the notice of the apex court about the prevailing situation on illegal mining in the state.
On April 5, the Supreme Court ordered lifting of the ban imposed by the Yeddyurappa government in July 2010, on export of iron and directed the state to put in place within 15 days, the required infrastructure to enforce rules to prevent illegal mining and transportation of iron ore.
The court also asked the state to consider the suggestion made by the Karnataka Lokayukta in its report to curb illegal mining. The bench observed: “There shall be an interim stay of the operation of the government orders dated July 26, 2010 and July 28, 2010 with effect from April 20, as the Karnataka government has made the rules with a view to achieve the object of preventing illegal mining, transportation and storage.”
The bench said the Karnataka Lokayukta had in its report of December 18, 2008 given certain suggestions and the state had said that these were engaging the attention of the government.
Meanwhile, dissident activities in the ruling BJP are brewing again, as expected.A section of the rebel ministers and MLAs are planning to meet in a couple of days, and put their demand before the party high command to sack Yeddyurappa.
In March, when the dissidents appealed to the party high command to dismiss Yeddyurappa, it asked them to wait till the by-elections are over. They decided to wait so that the party chances are not ruined. But now, they are equipped with details of some more alleged scams against the chief minister.
However, Yeddyurappa rubbished allegations that there were dissident activities in the party.
He announced that after by-election results are declared on May 13, the cabinet would be expanded as per the directions of party national president Nitin Gadkari. In the meantime, agriculture minister Umesh Katti held a meeting of some Lingayat MLAs and ministers in Belgaum, and appealed to them to extend full support to Yeddyurappa. Excise minister, MP Renukacharya also said there was no dissidence in the party and Yeddyurappa would continue as CM for the next two years. (sourced DNA)