Panel in Odisha to continue illegal mining probe
A team of Justice M.B. Shah Commission arrived in the Odisha capital Wednesday to continue its probe into alleged mining illegalities in the state, an official said.
The six-member team led by bureaucrat U.V. Singh will be in the state till Nov 11, a senior official of the steel and mines department told IANS.
During their stay, the team is expected to examine files related to mining activities. It is also expected to visit some mines in Koida in Sundergarh district Thursday, said the official, who did not want to be named.
The team had earlier visited the state Oct 3 and examined files related to half of the state's over 142 mines during a nine-day stay in Bhubaneswar.
The Justice M.B. Shah Commission, appointed by the union government in November 2010, has been investigating allegations of illegal mining in several mineral-rich states.
An eight-member commission team had visited several mining areas of the state in December too.
The commission at that time had said that it found evidence of illegalities which would not have been possible without the connivance of bureaucrats.