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Deepak Gupta family asked to appear before court

Published: 09th August 2013 11:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2013 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

The Keonjhar vigilance court on Thursday slapped a notice on Deepak Gupta, the power of attorney holder of BK Mohanty iron ore mines at Uliburu in Keonjhar district.

The notice was stuck on the walls of Gupta’s residence, office and other establishments in Barbil.

The court has asked Gupta and four of his family members - Haricharan Gupta (father), Champak Gupta (brother), Kantadevi Gupta (mother) and Nitu Gupta (wife) - to appear before the Special Judge (Vigilance), Keonjhar before September 12. The court declared them as proclaimed offenders two day back as the summons sent to them by post returned unaccepted from his residence and office addresses as well.

In an affidavit before Keonjhar District and Sessions Court, the investigating agency on Wednesday claimed that Gupta had allegedly mined around 45.22 lakh tonnes of iron ore from the Uliburu reserve forest illegally and gained Rs 893.67 crore out of illegal mining between 2003 and 2010.

The affidavit further maintained that 13 officials of Mines and Forest department had allegedly assisted Gupta in smuggling iron ore.

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