Ex-K'taka CM Kumaraswamy's aide fools Pak firm

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HD Kumaraswamy
Bangalore, Nov 29: The city court on Monday issued a warrant against managing director of Janthakal Mining Company Vinod Goel for cheating a pakistani company over supplying 'substandard ore that is as good as mud' at Rs 50 crore. He is a close associate of former chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy.

Several cheating cases have been filed against Goel. He has been accused of forging the documents of the environment and forest ministry to facilitate two shipments of 40,000 MT iron ore in 2009 and 2010. In a case of breach of trust, Alsaa Petroleum and Shipping filed a complaint with the Indian government. Later the complaint was forwarded to the city police commissioner, who handed over the case to Central Crime Branch (CCB) for further investigations. CCB officials have sought for Goel's custody to question him in the case.

He is also accused of encroaching 30 guntas of land belonging to state forest department and using it for mining in Tiptur taluka. He has also been charged with cheating a Hassan-based businessman of Rs 10 lakh where he failed to supply iron ore. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has filed a chargesheet against him as well for evading customs duties worth Rs 4.5 crore.

Shaji Verghese, one of the advocates, handling the case claimed that next hearing for the iron ore case will be on Dec 2.

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