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No chargesheet filed in Orissa mining scam: Minister

Nine persons were arrested five months back for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore mining scam but no chargesheet has been filed against them yet, the Orissa government told the Assembly today.



Bhubaneswar: Nine persons were arrested
five months back for their alleged involvement in the
multi-crore mining scam but no chargesheet has been filed
against them yet, the Orissa government told the Assembly
today.

Orissa`s Steel and Mines minister Raghunath Mohanty,
while replying a question in the Assembly said "seven
government employees, one retired employee and one power of
attorney holder were arrested in the mining scam by February
15, 2010."

However, the investigating agency is yet to file
chargesheets against the nine, he said.

Terming those involved in illegal mining activities as
"chor (thieves)," the minister said, "no one would be spared
despite his/her influence in society. They may be government
officials, mines owners or mafia. They all come under `Chor`
category. All of them will be rounded up," he said.

The much-hyped mining scam that came to limelight last
year, is being probed by state vigilance department as chief
minister Naveen Patnaik refused to hand over the matter for a
CBI probe as demanded by opposition BJP and Congress.

Stating that at least 840 cases of illegal smuggling
of mineral were detected in 2009-10, the minister said 638.734
metric ton of mineral and 484.736 cubic meter of decorative
stones were seized during the period.

-PTI

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