Karnataka not for CBI probe into illegal mining

(PTI) Sticking to its stand, the BJP government in Karnataka today asserted that it would not entrust the probe into the illegal mining issue to CBI, but said a report would be submitted to the Supreme Court on the issues raised by a committee appointed by the apex court.

A day after the Central Empowered Committee submitted its interim report to the Supreme Court pointing out largescale illegal mining in iron-ore rich Bellary district in collusion with officials and politicians, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa held an emergent meeting of top officials here.

The meeting, attended by Chief Secretary S V Ranganath, officials from Mines and Geology Department and Public Works Minister C M Udasi, discussed the CEC report which pointed out that 304.91 lakh tonnes of iron ore had been exported from Karnataka without permits between 2003-04 and 2009-10.

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