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  • 1. The Enormity of the Mining Scam
  • 2. Where Does the Investigation Stand?
  • 3. Who Are the BJP Candidates Involved?
  • 4. How Was the Congress Involved in the Mining Scam?
  • 5.
The Mining Scam – A Taint for Both BJP, Cong in Karnataka Polls

Seven years back, when India was witnessing its biggest anti-corruption movement, the state of Karnataka also went through mega political turbulence, courtesy a Rs 35,000-crore illegal iron ore mining scam.

Mining baron and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state minister Gali Janardhana Reddy emerged as the face of the scandal after former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde blew the lid off of illegal mining in Karnataka.

In a fallout of the scandal, the then chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who was also indicted in a bribery case related to mining, resigned from his post in June 2011 and even spent three weeks in Bengaluru Central Jail.

Fast-forward to the 2018 Karnataka elections, Janardhana Reddy is again campaigning for the BJP, his two brothers – Somashekara and G Karunakara – are contesting the elections and Yeddyurappa is the chief ministerial candidate of the party.

So, what happened in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry of the case and how many of the politicians involved in the mining scam are fighting in the current elections? Let’s dig deep.

  • 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.

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