Justice M B Shah Commission team
Justice M B Shah Commission team
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of its second phase visit to the State this year, the Justice M.B. Shah Commission of enquiry that is probing into the mining scam in Odisha, has urged the Collectors of Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar to furnish details of all iron ore and manganese leases in their respective districts on or before November 1.

The Commission has also sought information on last lease deed executed, date and extent of surface right granted and amount (if any) charged for grant of surface right.

It is noteworthy to mention that, the team of the Commission led by senior bureaucrat U.V. Singh will arrive here October 31 and stay in the State to conduct the investigation until November 11.

Earlier the commission team had visited state October 3 and had examined the records of 81 mining leases out of a total of 186 mining leases in the State. The Commission however, had not made any field visits during its nine-day stay in the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

The Justice M.B. Shah Commission appointed by the central government in November 2010, has been investigating allegations of illegal mining in several mineral rich states.

An eight-member commission team had also visited several mining areas of the state in December last year too.

The commission, at that time, had said it found evidence of illegalities in the state which would not have been possible without the connivance of bureaucrats.

Source: 360 NS