At a time when former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is trying hard to come back to power in the state, the Supreme Court’s directives to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to initiate an inquiry with regards to his alleged links in the illegal mining case has come as a big jolt for him. The Supreme Court directive came on the findings of a Central Powered Committee (CEC) which was authorized to look into the case of illegal mining in Karnataka. Going by the report of the committee which was constituted on the directive of the Supreme Court, the former CM is accused of violating rules and regulations in giving mining leases. Now only time will tell whether the CBI, which is looking into the matter, will be able to go get to the bottom of the case and find out whether the companies which were allegedly given mining lease by the former CM had offered bribe to companies and trusts owned by the relatives of Yeddyurappa.  In first instance, it looks like a give and take case and all the more it is no secret that companies extend favour to politicians in order to get their work done. Unfortunately such instances are increasing by leaps and bounds. A number of corrupt practices which have surfaced over the years make us realize that politicians are not willing to adopt transparency in their functioning. On the other hand the corporate world in order to become rich overnight is resorting to unfair means.

There is no ambiguity in the fact that our politicians are largely responsible for the increasing corruption but corporate world is equally to be held responsible for the mess. If this trend persists, and goes on unabated, the corporate world too would meet the same fate as politicians. It is a matter of worry that governments are least concerned about conserving our natural resources. Unfortunately this has not happened in Karnataka alone but other state governments too have shut their eyes on such issues. It is also a reality that exploitation of minerals has been going on unabated in different parts of the country. Madhu Koda, the former Jharkhand Chief Minister earned the ignominy of allegedly collecting billions of rupees from the coal mine allocation in the state. A number of such irregular practices have surfaced in the states of Goa and MP also. Sometimes it looks like that mining mafias are running parallel government in states which are rich in minerals. Whatever may be the reality it is to be seen how does the CBI handle Yeddyurappa’s case. This because CBI’s track record has been frustrating.