BJP holds missing of file a ploy to hide mining scam in Orissa

Orissa unit of BJP on Sunday alleged that the missing of an important file from mines department was a nothing but a cover up the illegalities committed by officials and others in the multi-crore mining scam.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa unit of BJP on Sunday
alleged that the missing of an important file from mines
department was a nothing but a cover up the illegalities
committed by officials and others in the multi-crore mining
scam.

"The missing story of the file containing valuable
information relating to the scam is simply a ploy to hide
illegal acts and violation of rules by officials while
favouring certain mining operators," senior BJP leader Bijay
Mohapatra told at a press conference here.

He said an under secretary in mines department had
filed an FIR with the Capital Police Station here on December
four about missing of the imprtant file, required by the
vigilance wing of the state police probing the mining scam.

Alleging that the vigilance was acting at the dictat
of chief minister`s office, Mohapatra and BJP legislature
party leader KV Singhdeo said vigilance sleuths should have
seized the crucial file for their investigation.

"As the government wants to protect the illegel mining
operators and the officials who favoured them illegally,
vigilance was not allowed to touch the file, which would have
exposed all wrong doings since 1992," they claimed.

The Naveen Patnaik government rejected the demand for
a CBI probe into the mining scam as it could influence
investigation by the state vigilance wing, they said.

Recalling a recent order of Orissa High Court, they
said the state government lacked a proper mining policy and
entire mining activities were in a mess.

Alleging a nexus among officials, politicians and
businessmen in running illegal mining, Mohapatra alleged that
several people benefiting from the racket had bought high
valued land and property in a particular locality of the
state capital in the last six months.

PTI