Mahendra Karma

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Mahendra Karma is a politician from Chhattisgarh, India. He was the leader of the opposition in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha from 2003 to 2008 and belongs to the Congress party. In 2005, he organised the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites (Maoists) in Chattisgarh. The initiative was praised by the Chief Minister Raman Singh, but has been criticized as a "Vigilante militia" (sic) by pro-Naxalite groups. He was a minister in the Ajit Jogi cabinet.

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Karma was accused of criminal conspiracy in a CBI FIR report dated 8.12.1998 on the malik makbuja scam. PUDR Report, May 17, 2006. The malik makbuja right refers to the right of peasants to cut trees on their own land. A widespreadscam in the 1990s led to the large scale illegal felling of trees in Bastar. It’s a classic instance of how forest and timber resources in the region have been cornered by non-adivasi and adivasi elites.

The CBI FIR stated"The facts contained in the writ petition, reports of Lok Ayukta and its connected papers, primafacie show that the above-named officials of Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and land owners namelyMahendra Karma, Rajaram Todem, Suresh Chand Surana, Srinivasan Awasthi, Brij Mohan Guptaand others were party of criminal conspiracy during 1992-96 to cause wrongful gain to the landowners in the matter of felling trees. It is alleged that the accused public servants bestowed unduefavours to the said land...
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