Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday issued a string of orders attaching assets to the tune of about Rs 485 crore of three mining companies and a chit fund firm in connection with its money laundering probes in Odisha.
Accusing the BJD government in Odisha of being neck-deep in corruption, senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the mining scam saying an inquiry by the central agency into the chitfund scam has exposed the ruling party leaders.
In a case of conflict of interest, one of the members of the visiting four-member Central Empowered Committee (CEC) team, which is investigating the multi-thousand crore mining scam in Odisha, had written the wildlife conservation plan for several leaseholders who are under probe.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would consider the submissions of experts and the government, instead of a mining firm, on the principle of inter-generational equity for exploiting minerals in such a way that they remain for future generations as well.
The anti-corruption vigilance sleuths on Friday arrested two officials of steel and mines department on charge of showing undue favour to a Kolkata based industry by recommending and issuing permits for transportation of Iron Ore without valid license, official sources said.