The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Karnataka Police to probe two former Chief Ministers - H.D. Kumaraswamy and N. Dharam Singh - in connection with large scale illegal iron ore mining in the state between 1999 and 2004.
A bench of Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice R.F. Nariman directed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police to probe the role of Kumaraswamy and Singh in de-reservation of 11,797 square km of forest in Bellary district that led to the large-scale illegal iron ore mining.
The bench also barred other courts from entertaining cases related to the probe.
The court gave the SIT three months time to file a report before it after probing the roles of other two CMs and former and serving bureaucrats.