Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and former Karnataka minister Anand Singh was arrested by the CBI on Thursday in connection with alleged illegal export of iron ore from Belikeri Port in Karnataka.
The illegal export from Belikeri port was exposed by former Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde, who in his report, had said 7.74 million tonnes of iron ore was illegally exported between 2006-2007 and 2010-11, causing huge loss to the exchequer.
Singh’s arrest comes in the wake of the CBI special court rejecting his anticipatory bail plea on October 7.
The central agency had summoned Singh for questioning in September, but he had failed to turn up and fled reportedly to Singapore from where he filed an anticipatory bail application before the CBI court on medical grounds, fearing arrest.
He is the fourth MLA to be arrested by the CBI in the case after B Nagendra and Satish Sail, both independents, and Suresh Babu of BSR Congress headed by former minister B Sriramulu, a close aide of mining baron and former minister Janardhana Reddy, now in jail in an illegal mining case.
On September 23, the CBI arrested Singh's aide and employee Muthiyala Shivakumar.
Those in custody include two former IAS officers and two Indian Forest Service officers.