New Delhi: With the Karnataka High Court refusing to give any relief to  External Affairs Minister SM Krishna for his alleged involvement in illegal mining scam during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999-2004, the BJP on Saturday reiterated its demand to sack him.

The Karnataka High Court on Friday dismissed the petition of Krishna and two others challenging the FIR against them. The High Court had allowed the Lokayukta police to proceed with their investigations into illegal mining charges against Krishna, Janata Dal (Secular) president H D Kumaraswamy, and Congress leader Dharam Singh.

Earlier, former Karmataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and more than 20 state ministers were shown the door after the state Lokayukta report on illegal mining came out in July last year. The opposition Congress in the state has been demanding resignation of several BJP Ministers and legislators indicted in the Lokayukta report.

According to sources, the Lokayukta report had indicted Kumaraswamy but did not name Krishna. However, a private complaint from a city-based social activist and businessman, TJ Abraham, accused Krishna, Kumaraswamy and Dharam as well as 11 serving and retired government officials.

All three politicians now face charges under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Forest (Conservation) Act, Karnataka Forest Act, Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Sources added the BJP is all set to corner the government during the Budget session of the Parliament.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Krishna holds the sensitive portfolio of External Affairs. After the order of the Karnataka High Court, he should resign on moral grounds. The moment the Lokayukta report indicted Yeddyurappa, he resigned. We will raise this issue in the Budget session.”

“The Congress is trying to mask the issue citing the Gujarat Lokayukta appointment matter. They should remember that we raised the issue of P Chidambaram in the previous session of the Parliament,” Prasad added.

(JPN/Bureau)