On SC order, Adani says its role was of a service provider
New Delhi: Adani Enterprises Friday said its role at the Karnataka's Belekeri Port was limited to providing services to exporters as one of the four service providers at the port.
The company said it was not in a position to check mandatory clearances as it does not have such an authority.
The flagship firm of Adani Group was reacting to Friday's Supreme Court direction to the CBI to register an FIR and investigate the company's alleged role into illegal iron ore exports from the port.
"The company is a mere service provider and not in a position to check mandatory clearances/permissions/permits as it does not have the authority to do so," Adani said in a statement.
It added that "all the above activities were done on behalf of the exporters under the supervision and clearance of customs and port authorities."
The company further said that "it was the responsibility of the miners/traders/exporters to obtain the mandatory clearances/permissions/permits for transportation of iron ore from mines to the port."
The Supreme Court, while ordering a CBI probe into illegal extraction of 50.7 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of iron ore in 17 months from Karnataka forests, asked the state government how its agencies were unaware of the illicit mining on a massive scale going on in the state.
The apex court also directed the CBI to register an FIR and investigate as to how around 8 lakh MT iron ore seized by the forest department were allowed to be exported to various foreign companies from the Belekeri port, allegedly by four Port Service Providers (stevedores) -- Adani Enterprises Ltd, Shree Mallikarjun Shipping Pvt Ltd, Salgaoncar Mining Industries Pvt Ltd and Rajmahal Silks.