S.R. Hiremath, founder president of the Samaj Parivathan Samudaya, has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to drop Santosh Lad, Minister of State for Infrastructure Development and Information, from the Cabinet, as he is allegedly involved in illegal mining.

Mr. Hiremath is also a petitioner in the illegal mining case which is before the Supreme Court.

Mr. Hiremath said the Lokayukta report and the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) have found large-scale irregularities by V.S. Lad and Sons, in which Mr. Santosh is a partner. “On this count, Mr. Lad, if he had any moral responsibility, should tender his resignation as Minister,” he said.

. “ “I expect the Chief Minister to drop Mr. Lad from the Cabinet within a week and also urge him to implement the Lokayukta report on illegal mining to recover public property and bring the guilty to book,” he said.

Releasing the order passed by the Deputy Commissioner Bangalore on removing encroachments on the tanks in Byrasandra village, Mr. Hiremath said several firms, including Bagamane Group, had encroached upon government property.

He urged the Chief Minister to initiate stern action and recover the government’s land.

Mr. Hiremath took objection to the National Mineral Development Corporation , for delaying payment of compensation of Rs. 1.24 crore to farmers of Bhujangnagar in Sandur taluk.

He said in 2010, following heavy rain, the tailing dam of the NMDC breached and the waste dump settled on the lands of several farmers, causing heavy crop loss. The loss was estimated at around Rs. 1.24 crore.

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