29/03/2017 4:53 PM IST | Updated 29/03/2017 4:54 PM IST

Supreme Court Asks Karnataka SIT To Probe Former Chief Ministers In Iron Ore Mining Case

However SC's stay on the investigation against ex-CM SM Krishna will continue during the period.

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NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police to investigate the role of former Chief Ministers N Dharam Singh and H D Kumaraswamy in the iron ore mining case and file a report within three months.

The apex court, however, said that its stay on the investigation against another former Chief Minister SM Krishna will continue during the period.

A bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman restrained all other courts including the high court from passing any order in the case.

It has been alleged by one of the complainants, TJ Abraham that the former chief ministers connived with several bureaucrats and others in de-registering a huge tract of forest land and allowed illegal iron ore mining on a large scale.

The complainant had also referred to various reports of the then Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde indicting several politicians, bureaucrats and others.

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