The State government is likely to hand over the probe into alleged misuse of funds in Urban Develpment Authorities (UDAs) in Mandya and Ramanagaram-Channapatna to CBI. Stating this in the Assembly during Zero Hour, Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake said the government has already ordered a CID probe into these issues. The CBI will also be asked to probe the case as three national banks -- Allahabad Bank, Vijaya Bank and Indian Bank -- are involved in the fraud in Mandya. “We will take a decision to hand it over to the CBI,” he said.
Referring to misuse of `5 crore in Mandya Urban Development Authority (MUDA), Sorake said its Commissioner H S Shivaram has been arrested.
Two local Congress leaders, Kebballi Anand and Nagalingaswamy, too have been arrested, he added.
Earlier, raising the issue, Opposition Leader H D Kumaraswamy demanded that the government order a CBI probe into the issue as any financial fraud of `2 crore, involving a nationalised bank, will automatically qualify for an investigation by the CBI under RBI Act.
Guest Lecturers by July 31
The government is considering a proposal to amend rules to speed up the recruitment of lecturers in First Grade Colleges, said Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande on Wednesday. He was speaking during the Question Hour in the Assembly. He said the government wants to change C&R Rules to fill 960 vacant lecturers’ posts through a CET.
To a question raised by Congress MLA Shivananda S Patil, he said all vacancies will be filled by appointing guest lectures by July 31.
Probe into ‘Illegal’ Toll Collection
The State government has ordered an inquiry into ‘illegal’ toll collection by an elected representative on a bridge constructed across the Cauvery river near Krishnaraja Reservoir (KRS).
Water Resources Minister M B Patil said the government will submit the inquiry report before the completion of the ongoing session of the legislature.