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K’taka: Govt appoints Principal Secy to probe illegal mining on forest land

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government informed the High Court that Principal Secretary of Transport, Horticulture, and Sericulture Departments Rajendra Kumar Kataria, has been appointed to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into all illegal mining activities permitted in forest areas of the State.

The court was told that Kataria will file a detailed report on the illegal activities. On Thursday March 31, an HC division bench led by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi was hearing a petition filed by Pavan Ramaswamy, Managing Director of Vanivilas Cements Private Limited.  

On February 14, the HC ordered the State to appoint a Principal Secretary or Secretary to lead an investigation into the illegal allotment of mining permits in forest areas.

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