Jaipur: Rajasthan government on Wednesday
initiated the process of cancelling nine controversial leases
for stone mining, including four issued in the names of a
state minister`s sons, in Karauli district.
The contracts had come under scanner after media
reports alleged that Minister of State for Estates Bharosi Lal
Jatav had managed to get the "illegal" allotments for his sons
on forest land during the BJP rule.
The state government had a few days back sought
details from the state forest and mining departments regarding
the lease allotments.
"On the basis of the forest department`s letter (NOC)
on 19-11-2004 that the land in Kareta area is non-forest land,
nine leases were allotted for stone mining in 2005. But now
the forest department has again issued two letters quashing
the former and declaring the land as `Forest Land”, according to A K
Nandwana, Mining Engineer, Karauli.
"Following the withdrawal of NOC, mining in Karera was
stopped On Tuesday as mining in forest land is illegal.
Initiating the process to cancel the lease allotments, we have
served notice to all those lease holders seeking their
response within 15 days," he said.
Out of the nine allotments, four were in the names of
However, the Minister`s son Brajesh Kumar has denied
the charges and claimed that the leases were granted as per
rules and his father was neither an MLA nor a Zila Pramukh at
the time of the allotment.
The Minister was unavailable for comment.