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Shah Commission team arrives tomorrow to probe mining scam

Posted on Oct 30, 06:53PM | UNI

A six-member team of the Justice M B Shaha Commission, headed by Karnataka Additional Chief Conservator of Forest U V Singh, arrives here tomorrow to probe the multi-crore mining scam in Odisha.

Odisha Director of Mines Dipak Mohanatty said the team would visit Sundergarh on November 1 and 2 for an on-the-spot verification of the mines.

The team, he said, would verify the documents relating to mines here from November 3 to 11.

This would be the third visit of the Shaha Commission to the state.

Earlier, the team led by Justice M B Shah had visited the state in December last year and toured some mine areas in Keonjhar district to get first hand information about the alleged irregularities and conducted public hearings.

On October 3 this year, a six-member team headed by Mr U V Singh had visited the state and verified as many as 93 files relating to mines during their nine-day stay here.

This time the same team is likely to verify 99 files, Mr Mohanty said.

A meeting held here under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary B K Pattnaik today finalised all details as to how to help the Commission with all the information and assist them in conducting the inquiry.

Mr Mohanty said all the officers concerned were asked to be present and provide information required by the Commission.

The state government, had ordered a vigilance inquiry into the scam after the mega mining scam surfaced in January 2011. The opposition political parties, however, have been demanding a CBI probe into the scam alleging that the Naveen Patnaik government was involved in it.

The Central government on November 22, 2011 had constituted the Judicial Commission headed by Justice M B Shah to probe illegal mining in various states, including Odisha.