In a relief to Former Chief Minister and State JDS chief H. D. Kumaraswamy, the Karnataka High Court directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) not to arrest him till June 20 in an illegal mining case.
H D Kumaraswamy said on Friday that he won’t be cowed down by the politics of “revenge, caste and vendetta”, which he alleged had become the DNA of the Congress government.
“I warn leaders sitting in glass house not to throw stones at others. History has proven that the glass house is not a permanent place for any leader or political party,” Kumaraswamy said during a debate in the legislative assembly on demands of various departments.
The remarks came a day after he got a temporary relief from the Karnataka high court, which, after hearing his anticipatory bail plea related to the Janthakal mining case, asked the Lokayukta’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) not to arrest him till June 20.
His tirade also comes in the backdrop of the JD(S) foiling the ruling party’s attempt to oust D H Shankaramurthy from the legislative council chairman’s post.
Justice Rathnakala passed the order on an application for anticipatory bail moved by Kumaraswamy after the special court turned down his bail plea on Tuesday in the Janthakal mining company case.
The judge then posted the matter to June 20.
Kumaraswamy, son of former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda, is accused of putting immense pressure on the then commissioner of mines, Gangaram Baderiya, to clear a file in favour of Janthakal mining firm in 2007, when he was the chief minister.
Baderiya, now the principal secretary (revenue), was arrested by the SIT on May 15 for allegedly allowing the firm to illegally lift one million tonnes of mined ore in Chitradurga, based on forged documents.
The SIT had summoned Kumaraswamy, following the arrest of Baderiya.
Kumaraswamy had earlier said that he had no role in the case and would come out clean.
He also had accused the Congress government of targeting him ahead of the 2018 assembly polls.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, Kumaraswamy said he has nothing to fear and knows about the strength of the case.
He also questioned as to why the government which is fast tracking the Janthakal mining case involving him was not taking similar action relating to former chief minister Dharam Singh who is also facing charges in the case.
Asked whether he was being victimised, he said, “There is no doubt about it.”
Accusing Congress leaders of orchestrating cases to dent his image, Kumaraswamy said he was not deterred by the cases against him and was ready to fight. “Let them come up with more cases against me. Media has also been speculating if I will go to jail and what will happen to my chief ministerial ambitions. I’m confident of coming out of this unscathed and also returning to power,” he added.