CM Leaves for Delhi, Creates Flutter - The New Indian Express

CM Leaves for Delhi, Creates Flutter

Published: 10th May 2014 10:01 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 10:07 AM

With the Supreme Court ordering CBI probe into the chit fund scam and an interim order on a plea for stopping illegal mining activities in the State pending, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s yet another visit to New Delhi within a week assumed significance.

The Chief Minister on Friday left for Delhi on a six-day visit. While sources in the Chief Minister’s office said the tour is purely private, Naveen is likely to meet some legal experts on the illegal mining issue, which is pending in the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister, who has been resisting the Opposition demand for CBI probe into the multi-crore chit fund and mining scams, received a jolt after Friday’s ruling of the apex court in the ponzi scam case. He would not like another probe by the Central agency into the ` 60,000 crore mining scam as many leaders of the ruling BJD and senior bureaucrats are believed to be involved, sources said.

A green bench of the apex court, headed by Justice A K Patnaik, has reserved its order on a PIL seeking CBI probe into illegal mining and stopping of all mining activities in the State.

The PIL, filed by NGO Common Cause, had sought immediate intervention in the matter, saying the Justice M B Shah Commission has pointed out large-scale illegal mining in the State. Meanwhile, the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has submitted a report giving a list of mines involved in illegal mining. 

The bench had also perused the report of Justice Shah Commission that had gone into the allegation of illegal mining in the State. The commission has reportedly recommended that the Centre should order a CBI probe into the mining scam.

An interim order from the green bench is imminent as two judges of the bench will retire in June. Justice Patnaik and Justice S S Nijjar will retire on June 2 and 6 respectively.

The Chief Minister is expected to meet some national leaders. Sources said a few senior Congress leaders will meet Naveen during his stay to discuss post-poll alliance.As survey reports indicate that the Congress may not do well in the general election, a section of the party has started talking in favour of an alliance of secular  parties, including regional and Left parties.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s high rating of Naveen in the secular scale has set off speculation that the BJD supremo figures prominently in the Congress’ post-poll calculations.

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