Bellary: Ahead of the Supreme Court
appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) team`s visit to
the district to inspect 99 mines, Karnataka Government has
transferred Zilla Panchayat CEO N Muthaiah.
Muthaiah today handed over charge to District Deputy
Commissioner Amlan Biswas, official sources said here.
The state had given an undertaking before the Supreme Court
to move out some of the officials who allegedly helped mine
owners in illegal mining, sources said.
Muthaiah, prior to his appointment as Zilla Panchayat Chief
Executive Officer had worked as Deputy Conservator of Forests
in the district and had been accused of helping mining magnets
and Reddy brothers.
The CEC team is likely to visit the district as per
the Supreme Court order shortly.
To curb large scale illegal iron ore mining in
Bellary-Hospet forest region of the state, the Supreme Court
had on May 6 formed a team to conduct a survey and demarcate
boundaries of 99 iron ore mines.