SENIOR MINES DEPT OFFICIAL SUSPENDED
• Murugesh Nirani cracks whip on corrupt officials
• Minister issues instructions to suspend two senior officials
• Officials accused of indulging in massive corruption
Bengaluru, February 17: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani has cracked whip on corrupt officials by ordering the suspension of two senior officials in his department. The minister took the action after receiving written complaints from mining companies against the two officials accused of indulging in massive corruption and encouraging illegal activities in Bagalkot district.
The minister held a meeting with officials and owners of mining companies on 16-02-2021 and passed the order suspending the two senior officials after it was found that the accused officials prima facie indulged in corruption and other irregularities. The accused officials are BM Lingaraju, Deputy Director, Mines and Geology Department, Chitradurga and Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh, Geologist, Deputy Director’s Office, Mines and Geology Department, Bagalkot.
BM Lingaraju was accused of indulging in massive corruption and harassing owners of stone quarrying companies when he was functioning as acting (in-charge) Deputy Director of Mines and Geology department in Bagalkot from 26-10-2016 to 03-09-2018. Following directions from the minister, Ramesh DS, Director, Mines and Geology Department has recommended Additional Chief Secretary (MSME & Mines), Commerce and Industries department to suspend BM Lingaraju from service effective 16-02-2021.
Geologist Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh who has been functioning in Bagalkot since 25-09-2014 accused of harassing owners of stone quarrying companies and indulging in massive corruption. Acting on the instructions of the minister, Ramesh DS, Director and Disciplinary Authority, Mines & Geology Department has suspended Geologist Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh effective 16-02-2021 and ordered departmental inquiry.
The duo also accused of encouraging illegal activities and harassing the public. Murugesh Nirani has sent a strong message to corrupt officials by initiating action against the two officials for dereliction of duty and for violating Karnataka Civil Service (Code of Conduct Rules 1966 Rule 3). The minister had earlier promised to bring transparency in administration and tough action against officials involved in corruption and irregularities.