Press Esc to close
Thursday 11 February 2016
News updated at 6:24 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Iron ore worth Rs 60,000 crore looted, says Congress

Last updated: 06 July, 2010
Bangalore, July 6, PTI:

The illegal iron ore mining and export scam in Karnataka is estimated to be to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore, the Opposition Congress claimed on Tuesday as it pushed for a CBI probe and sought the resignation of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

"This is the biggest scam of this century," Opposition leader Siddaramaiah alleged while participating in a debate on resignation of Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde and illegal mining in the state. Hegde, however, withdrew his resignation on Saturday.

Referring to the disappearance of five lakh tonnes of iron ore seized at Belekeri port, he said records at this port as well as the one in Karwar suggested around 35 lakh tonnes of illegal mining and exports between November and February.

If one took into account the extent of iron ore extracted in Karnataka and exported from other ports such as Mangalore and Vishakhapatnam, nobody can even imagine (the extent) of the illegal export, the Congress leader alleged.

"If we do the calculation, it (illegal iron ore mining and exports) could be Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore. Iron ore to the extent of Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore has been looted," Siddaramaiah said.

Those engaged in illegal mining and exports had colluded with officials, he alleged, pointing out to several checkposts of the departments of forests, mines and geology and transport failing to check illegal transportation while being taken to ports by road.

Siddaramaiah said though the Lokayukta submitted its report on rampant irregularities in the mining sector more than one and half years ago, the government chose not to act against it.

He said since illegal mining and export involved inter-state operations as well as overseas shipments, it should be probed by CBI. Siddaramaiah said Yeddyurappa, who also holds the portfolios of forest as well as mines and geology, has no moral right to continue in office and should resign.

The discussion raised a lot of heat and sparks flew, with Speaker K G Bopaiah expunging certain remarks from both sides.

As Siddaramaiah repeatedly insisted on a CBI probe, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar sought to belittle CBI, dubbing it "Congress Bureau of Investigation".

Earlier, intervening, Yeddyurappa said he would convene a meeting with leaders of opposition in the legislative assembly and council to discuss ways to strengthen the institution of Lokayukta and giving more powers to the statutory body.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Sahana Kumari of India jumps in her final attempt of the High Jump event...

Sahana Kumari of India jumps in her final attempt of the High Jump event...

Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina show their medal at the medal presentation ceremony

Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina show their medal at the medal presentation ceremony

Apurvi Chandela, Pooja Ghatkar, Elizabeth Susan taking selfie during the presentation ceremony...

Apurvi Chandela, Pooja Ghatkar, Elizabeth Susan taking selfie during the presentation ceremony...

Indian Women and Mens Squash team posing for photograph with their Gold medals...

Indian Women and Mens Squash team posing for photograph with their Gold medals...

Veerdhawal Khade during the presentation ceremony for the 50m b fly swimming event...

Veerdhawal Khade during the presentation ceremony for the 50m b fly swimming event...

Flowers in full bloom during the press preview at the Mughal Garden ...

Flowers in full bloom during the press preview at the Mughal Garden ...

Jawans pay tribute at the memorial of the Sikh warrior General Sardar Sham Singh Attari ...

Jawans pay tribute at the memorial of the Sikh warrior General Sardar Sham Singh Attari ...

Concluding Session of Governors Conference in New Delhi...

Concluding Session of Governors Conference in New Delhi...

Else Sandberg, wife of the ambassador of Sweden to India launch the Zbee Electric vehicle ...

Else Sandberg, wife of the ambassador of Sweden to India launch the Zbee Electric vehicle ...

An Installation of the ' Make in India' logo at CST near BMC headquarters in Mumbai...

An Installation of the ' Make in India' logo at CST near BMC headquarters in Mumbai...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523