ED to Attach Assets in Mining Scam

Published: 14th July 2014 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2014 09:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Close on the heels of filing a criminal case in the Goa mining scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to attach properties worth crores of those involved in the mining scam. The agency has registered an FIR and is set to attach assets under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, a source said. The ED has registered a money laundering case in the `2,000 crore Uliburu mining scam. The importance of this probe can be gauged from the fact that the ED had sent a team of 10 investigators from its regional office in Kolkata. The ED slapped the charges after taking cognizance of FIR filed in this regard by the Vigilance wing of the Odisha Police in 2012. The case pertains to Uliburu mines area located in the Joda mining circle in Keonjhar district where large-scale irregularities were detected by the State Mines department. Justice M B Shah Commission, which probed a number of mining scam cases, had termed this particular case as “one of the biggest illegal minings ever” even as it recommended a CBI probe into the matter. The agency, sources said, recently arrested two persons in this case -- prime accused Deepak Gupta and his associate S Rout. 

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