Justice M B Shah Commission team arrived in the State capital on Wednesday
Justice M B Shah Commission team arrived in the State capital on Wednesday
Bhubaneswar: A six-member team of the Justice M B Shah Commission, that arrived in the State capital on Wednesday to continue its probe into alleged mining illegalities in the State today inspected some iron ore mines in the State, an official said.

The panel led by Shri U V Singh, Principal Conservator of Forest in Karnataka, visited R P Sao mines in Joda area of mineral rich Keonjhar district, a senior official from state mines department told.

They are also scheduled to visit some more iron ore and manganese mines in nearby Sundargarh district, he added.

The panel left for field visits to the mining rich Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts soon after reaching Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

The panel during their 12-day stay in the State until November 11, is expected to make field visits to some mines and examine the records of 99 more mines.

Earlier the Commission team had visited the State on October 3 and had examined files of about 88 mines during their nine-day stay in the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

The panel is specifically keen on checking records of mining leases of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Odisha Minerals Development Company (OMDC) and Tata Steel during the current visit.

An eight-member commission team led by Justice M B Shah had also visited some mine areas in Keonjhar district and had conducted public hearings, to get first hand information about the alleged irregularities during their first visit to the State in December last year.

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.

It is noteworthy to mention that, the Justice M.B. Shah Commission appointed by the central government in November 2010, has been probing into mining scam in several mineral rich states of India.

Source: 360 NS