23 October, 2020

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa Courts Controversy Once Again, This Time Over Forest Ministry

Karnataka's new Forest minister Anand Singh’s election affidavit lists 15 pending criminal cases—11 filed by the Karnataka Lokayukta under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and the forest protection law, one case by the forest department and three by the CBI.

Anand Singh, new forest minister of Karnataka
Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa Courts Controversy Once Again, This Time Over Forest Ministry
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2020-02-21T18:18:45+05:30

Once bitten twice shy, you’d expect. But Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa ran headlong last week into controversy over—believe it or not—a mining baron. After some of his newly-appointed cabinet ministers grumbled about portfolios allotted to them, the CM reshuffled their departments. In the process, Anand Singh, an MLA and mine owner from Bellary, ended up with the forest ministry. The backlash was quick to follow.

Singh’s election affidavit lists 15 pending criminal cases—11 filed by the Karnataka Lokayukta under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and the forest protection law, one case by the forest department and three by the CBI. Singh, in his defence, said he has obtained a stay from the Karnataka High Court on the Lokayukta cases. With criticism mounting, he told reporters that he was ready to give up the ministry if the CM wanted him to.

In his previous term as CM a decade ago, Yediyurappa was singed by the Bellary iron-ore mining scam. Given that backdrop, the forest ministry allocation came across...

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