After expose in The Hindu , he promises probe into the scandal

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will write to the Railways seeking information on the quantum of iron ore transported out of Bellary between 2006 and 2010 and sold in the domestic market.

Reacting to an expose in The Hindu , the Chief Minister promised to initiate an inquiry into the scam. The expose by The Hindu in the last two days provided data-based evidence from the Railways, the Commercial Taxes department and the Central Bureau of Investigation showing how the scope and extent of the mining scandal went far beyond what was stated in the report on illegal mining by the Lokayukta.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who has promised to implement the recommendations of the Lokayukta report submitted in 2011, said the findings by The Hindu would be part of the inquiry. The Chief Minister was addressing a group of editors from the State at a breakfast meeting at his official residence, Krishna.

The Chief Minister said he would initiate action without fear or favour against those officials and politicians who were responsible for mining losses. “The investigation by the CBI and the Central Empowered CEC appointed by the Supreme Court is going on,” he said.

  • Action to be initiated against those behind mining losses

  • Expose showed the scam went far beyond Lokayukta’s report