Bellary: CBI on Friday conducted searches
at National Mineral Development Corporation office here and
examined certain documents over alleged illegal mining carried
out by Deccan Mining Syndicate in NMDCs area, police said.
The searches by the eight member CBI team come after the
investigative agency filed a case on October 4 against DMS for
allegedly encroaching mining areas belonging to NMDC.
NMDC had filed a police complaint alleging that DMS had
encroached on its mining areas.
The Central Empowered Committee`s report had also referred
to DMS getting into a deal with Associated Mining Company to
extract ore from its mining lease area when its extraction
activity was centred in Andhra Pradesh at the NMDC site.
On July 29, the Supreme Court had ordered immediate
suspension of mining and transportation of iron ore from
Bellary district, stating that "over-exploitation" of the area
has caused large-scale environmental degradation.
The court passed the order by taking note of the report of
its expert panel, Central Empowered Committee, which said most
miners in the region were indulging in illegal mining, causing
considerable environmental damage.