BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra
BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra
Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra on Sunday asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to recommend a CBI probe into the the manner in which the State Government had entered into a joint venture with Sainik Mining and Allied Services Limited (SMASL).

In a letter to Patnaik, Mohapatra demanded the chief minister to recommend a CBI probe under section 5 and 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946 to bring grace to the administration and bring the culprits to justice.

In 2003, the central government had given in principle consent to Odisha Government for permitting OMC to do coal mining in Utkal D Coal Block at Talcher in Angul district, Mohapatra said.

However, much before the formal letter was received by OMC on December 29, 2003 the state government entered into MOU with SMASL, Mohapatra said that was illegal.

Later, although the Central government in December 2009 directed Odisha government to cancel the MOU with SMASL following direction of the Supreme Court, the state government deliberately ignored it and did not cancel the illegal and motivated joint venture.

However, the state government cancelling the joint venture, after Patnaik first rubbished the allegation as baseless subsequently exposed the fault of the State Government, Mohapatra added.

Source: 360 NS