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Lokayukta to probe MML officials in mining scam

The State Cabinet on Monday permitted the Lokayukta to probe the role of officials in the alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs. 642 crore in the government-owned Mysore Minerals Limited (MML). It also permitted the Lokayukta to go head with the trial of all other officials who were allegedly involved in illegal mining cases.

As far as MML is concerned, former Managing Directors, including V Umesh, K S Manjunath, Jija Madhavan Harisingh, Mahendra Jain, D.S. Ashwath, I.R. Perumal and G V Kongwad, will be examined by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Lokayukta. During the tenure of Justice Santosh Hegde who probed irregularities in the mining sector, the Lokayukta had found these officials guilty of causing a loss to the State exchequer.

Other decisions

The cabinet took decisions on more than 40 subjects during a three-hour meeting presided over by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra announced that the cabinet has decided to constitute State, Divisional and District-level committees to demarcate deemed and other types of forests in the State based on the broad guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. These committees will be headed by forest and revenue department officials. They have been given six months to submit a report to the government. Based on the reports, the cabinet would decide the nature of the forests, Mr Jayachandra said.

The cabinet decided to introduce amendments to the Land Revenue Act and Land Reforms Act to simplify procedures in both. It decided to recommend to the Centre to take action against IPS officer D C Rajappa and three former IAS officers V Chandrashekar, Baburao Mudbi and Baldev Krishna for possessing disproportionate assets.

Several officials were found guilty of causing loss to the tune of Rs. 642 crore