The Congress government on Tuesday decided to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a police officer of the rank of Inspector-General (IG) under the Lokayukta, to conduct a probe into the multi-crore mining scam in the State.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, approved the constitution of the SIT with a staff strength of 194 posts, including a Deputy Inspector-General of Police.

Addressing presspersons after the Cabinet meeting here, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra said that the post-facto approval for SIT mandates completion of investigation within a time-frame of two years.

A few months ago, the Cabinet gave the green signal to a CBI investigation of illegal export of iron ore from seven ports in the State and elsewhere.

Quarters

The Cabinet has revised the cost of construction of residential quarters for High Court judges near Hebbal in Bangalore to Rs. 80 crore.

Deferred

The much-awaited Cabinet decision on the CID report on the irregularities in KAS exams has been deferred for the third time.

Explaining the reasons for this, Mr. Jayachandra said that the issue involves the future of 360 KAS aspirants.

There are several legal issues involved as KPSC is a constitutional body for selecting candidates for several top posts in the administration.

“We will have to tread carefully to ensure that the interests of honest and innocent candidates are not harmed,” Mr. Jayachandra said.

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