Press Trust Of India reported that CBI, investigating into illegal mining in Karnataka, has claimed to have gathered evidence on alleged export of ten lakh tons of iron ore using fake transport documents by a mining firm owned by ruling BJP MLA Mr B Nagendra.
During searches conducted last week, a CBI team led by its Superintendent of Police Mr Subramanya Rao had collected documents from Forest, Mining, and Transport departments and several fake permits had the signatures of Mr Nagendra.
In the FIR recently filed against Mr Nagendra, a close associate of the arrested former Karnataka minister Mr Gali Janardhana Reddy, the CBI had said that during 2009-10 the MLA had transported the iron ore and evaded INR 192 crore Forest Development Cess.
Mr Nagendra had been charged with using iron ore mined in 101.12 hectares of mining areas leased in Sandur taluk to Mr Janardhana Reddy owned Obulapuram Mining Company.
The sources said CBI had also identified several officials of Mines and Geology, Forest, Police and Revenue departments who have allegedly helped Mr Nagendra's firm in illegal transport of iron ore, adding that they might be questioned in the due course.
(Sourced from hindustantimes.com)