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Govt suspends 40 officials named in illegal mining report

July 31, 2012 18:50 IST

The Karnataka government has suspended 40 officials and staff and issued show-cause notices to 257 who have been named by Lokayukta reports in illegal mining in Karnataka, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said.

Responding to a question of Tanveer Sait (Congress) in the Legislative Assembly, he said as per the recommendations in those reports, 66 officials and staff have been transferred from Bellary district.

The then Lokayukta Justice (Retd) N Santosh Hegde had submitted the preliminary report on illegal mining on December 18, 2008, and the final report on July 27, 2011, and Sait wanted to know the action initiated by the government on their recommendations.

Shettar said show-cause notices have been issued to five IAS officers and one IPS, and disciplinary action has been taken against three officials of Mysore Minerals Ltd.

"After the Lokayukta reports, we have taken all action.

There is no question of shielding anybody," the chief minister said.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah (Congress) said the loss to the state exchequer because of illegal mining and non-payment of royalty is to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore.

"Message has gone out that the government is trying to cover-up (the scam) and there is a debate in the public domain," he said. "The government should take action without hesitation, without coming under influence and pressure."

Sait sought a detailed discussion on the issue of illegal mining and the government action, and Speaker K G Bopaiah agreed for a half-hour debate at a later time.
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