1. The Enormity of the Mining Scam
While the worth of the illegal iron ore mining scam has been pegged at Rs 35,000 crore – based on the Lokayukta report, experts estimate that the robber barons might have cost the state exchequer Rs 50,000 crore in taxes and other levies.
The mining syndicate spread across Ballari-Hosapete, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts claimed that it was mining 50 million tonnes of iron ore every year, whereas probes revealed that another 30-40 million tonnes was being illegally mined and siphoned off.
The initial Lokayukta report stated that 12.57 crore metric tonnes of iron ore, originating from Karnataka, was exported via ports in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the period spanning from 2006 to 2010.