Missing Orissa mining scam file found

The file pertaining to the mining scam in Orissa was found from an old rack in the steel and mines department.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 21:59 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: A fortnight after it had gone missing from the state secretariat here in a mysterious manner, an important file pertaining to the multi-crore mining scam in Orissa was found from an old rack in the steel and mines department.

"The much-talked about file containing details of the lease to S N Das Mohapatra mines was found from an old rack in the steel and mines department here on Saturday," Steel and Mines Minister Raghunath Mohanty told the Assembly while replying to an adjournment motion on illegal mining activities in the state.

The file, which was found in the presence of a police officer investigating the matter, has been handed over to the department secretary and a seizure list has been prepared by the Capital Police Station, he said.
The Opposition, however, expressed suspicion whether the documents in the file were intact.

"We doubt whether all the note sheets in the file are there or misplaced," said BJP member K V Singhdeo who had earlier alleged that the file was deliberately shown missing by some vested interests in order to protect the culprits.

The state vigilance had filed a charge sheet against Mohapatra and 15 others for their alleged involvement in the illegal mining of over 52,000 metric tons manganese ore worth Rs 54 crore from a mine allotted to MS Ram Bahadur Thakur Limited.
The mines allotted to S N Das Mohapatra were adjacent to RBTL mines.

PTI