Bellary: Deputy Inspector General of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Bengaluru R. Hithendra, who had created a record by sending several high-profile alleged illegal miners turned politicians behind bars, completed his seven-year deputation with the central agency on Thursday.
A native of Kolar, Hithendra is said to be keen to return to state service after heading the CBI’s Karnataka anti-corruption branch. He is a 1996 batch IPS officer, belonging to the Karnataka cadre, and had held several important posts in the state police, before joining the CBI, Bengaluru, in 2006.
Hithendra, who is handling high-profile cases related to illegal mining, has been chosen for the President’s police medal in recognition of his meritorious service in 2012.
Under his supervision the CBI Bengaluru branch has so far arrested 26 persons in connection with three cases of illegal mining that include former ministers Gali Janardhan Reddy and B.S. Anand Singh, MLAs B. Nagendra, Satish Sail, T.H. Suresh Babu, senior IAS officers Shamim Banu, Vishwanathan, M.V. Shivalingamurthy, IFS officers M.K. Shukla, S. Muthaiah other exporters and miners.
It began the probe into illegal mining in October 2011, following the SC directive to probe jailed former minister Gali Janardhan Reddy–owned M/s Associated Mining Company along with M/s Deccan Mining Syndicate. Chargesheets have been filed in both cases.
The CBI had also probed the quid-pro-quo deal between the then Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and steel major M/s JSW in mining bribery case and had filed a chargesheet in this regard.
Following the apex court order, CBI, Bengaluru branch is currently probing Belekeri port’s 50 lakh metric ton illegal iron ore export scam by registering five FIRs in this case.
On September 16, 2013 the apex court had permitted the CBI to register 20 additional FIRs in Belekeri scam against companies which had exported more than 50,000 metric tons of iron ore, which was prima facie found illegal.