CBI charge sheet in Karnataka illegal mining case

CBI charge sheet in Karnataka illegal mining case

Former Commerce and Industry Secretary in Karnataka government Shamim Banu today got bail after being charge sheeted by CBI along with a mining company, its top executives and another retired IAS officer in Rs 1232.39 crore iron ore mining scam in Karnataka.

In its charge sheet filed before Bangalore special court, CBI has pressed charges of criminal conspiracy, theft, criminal trespass along with relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Deccan Mining Syndicate Private (DMSP) Limited, its CEO Ritesh Milap Chand Jain and Managing Director Rajendra Kumar Jain.

The then Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Karnataka Government, Shamim Banu and Principal Secretary M Vishwanathan, Deputy Director, Mines and Geology, S K Raju, all retired, along with Ramakant Y Hullar, a police inspector, are also facing the same charges.

"It was alleged that the said private mining company (DMSP) had carried out alleged illegal mining of iron ore in mining licence No.2525 which falls within the lease area allotted to National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (NMDC) in mining licence No.1111," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said here in a statement today.

She said the company was allowed to undertake the mining after altering and making modifications in the sketch belonging to the lease area of NMDC.

Sources said Banu, while working as Secretary, had allegedly recommended the renewal of mining leases with modified sketch.

Banu, who was posted in the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, had to resign after the controversy erupted. The agency has arrested all the accused who are in judicial custody.

CBI had taken over the case on the directions of the Supreme Court on October 1, 2011.

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