A fine of Rs. 44.11 lakh was levied against R. Vijayakumar of Aruppukottai for mining sand illegally, according to K. Vijaya Karthikeyan, Sub Collector of Kovilpatti. He was found guilty of mining beyond permissible limits in a kanmoi under the control of PWD at Aathangarai village in Vilathikulam taluk, the Sub Collector said on Monday evening.

As per norms, the miner was entitled to mine only 5, 000 cubic feet in the area but inspections revealed that the mining was carried out for 22, 696 cubic feet.

Hence, fine was imposed against the offender, he said.