Panel to probe illegal quarrying in Kanakapura

The State government has decided to set up a committee to probe into complaints of illegal quarrying in Kanakapura taluk from 2007 till date.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara said that based on the report of the committee, comprising top forest officials, the government will decide on ordering a full-fledged inquiry into the complaints.

Yogeeshwara added that he had briefed Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on the rampant illegal quarrying that is taking place in Kanakapura taluk in Ramanagara district allegedly by Congress leader D K Shivakumar and his family.

In a letter to the chief minister, copies of which were released to the press, Shivakumar has said that neither he nor his brother were involved in illegal mining. 

“In the event you are convinced that Yogeeshwara’s allegations are true, then you can order a suitable inquiry. If the allegations turn out to be false, then I request you to initiate action against Yogeeshwara for misusing his powers as a minister to target me,” Shivakumar has stated in the letter.

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