Satish Sail, independent MLA from Karwar, was arrested by the CBI late on Friday here and produced before a magistrate in connection with the illegal iron ore scam. Mr. Sail, who was formerly with the Congress, was the director of Mallikarjun Shipping Private Ltd which is one of the four exporters named by the CEC in its report to the Supreme Court.

The CEC had found that Mr. Sail’s company, along with ILC Industries Private Ltd, Dream Logistics, and SB Logistics, had exported 80 lakh tonnes of illicit ore from Bilikeri port in Uttar Kannada district between January 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.

Although names of several Congress leaders were doing the rounds in connection with the illegal mining scam, Mr. Sail is the only one to have been arrested in this connection. While he might not be a member of the Congress at present, he was associated with the party at the peak of the mining scam.

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