Has forest Minister Ramanath Rai has turned a blind eye to corrupt officers in his own department? It appears to be true in case of forest official CH Mavintop.

The officer has been accused of large scale corruption in the department, allegedly diverting the funds meant for several projects in the department. There have been several complaints of corruption against the officer Mavintop who had earlier served as the range forest officer in Hubballi, reports Suvarna News. The officer is alleged to have looted the state coffers in the name of aforestation programme, development of lakes and also in the recruitment of forest watchers.

While the officer is facing severe corruption charges, the government instead of initiating action against him, has now posted him to the Seed Corporation on a deputation basis. 

According to Suvarna News, RTI activist Manjunath Baddi had lodged a complaint - mind you not once but 10 times - against the officer. But the forest department continues to ignore the complaints for reasons best known to them. The corrupt officer reportedly enjoys a good support of the senior forest officials.

Despite the complaints, the minister's inaction over the corrupt officer has led to speculations that whether the government is shielding the corrupt officers.