Supreme Court announces four names from the panel for invigilation of Goa’s Iron ore auction. CBI files charge sheet against illegal Iron ore exports conducted in Belekari port of Karnataka.
Supreme Court has finalized four names out of the six-member expert panel to regulate Iron ore mining in Goa. On 5 Oct, 2012 the mining, transportation and export of the raw material from the state were banned owing to the orders passed by the Apex court. The Iron ore mining report submitted by Justice M B Shah Commission showed irregularities and as a result, there was a ban imposed in mining activities. The court has asked the State Government and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to nominate one representative each from the panel not less than joint secretary.
The panel selected by Justice A K Patnaik, which includes an ecologist, a geologist, a mineralogist and an expert on forest. The names were finalized from the list provided by the parties including NGO Goa Foundation and the State Government. Ecologist C R Babu, Geologist S C Dhiman, Mineralogist B K Mishra and an expert on forest S Parmeshwarappa have been nominated as members of the panel.
CBI has filed a charge sheet against the illegal Iron ore export from Belekari port in Karnataka. It has accused Greetex Mining Industries and its Managing Director Ajay Kharbanda. It has also accused the Deputy Port Conservator Mahesh Biliye, Port Officer Karawar port, C Swamy, assistant conservator forest Narendra Hittalmakki and the Range forest Officer Govinda Naik.
The accused have been charged under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) related to criminal conspiracy, criminal violation of trust, cheating and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
The case was registered on 13 September, 2012 under supervision of the Supreme Court to investigate the illegalities committed by various persons in the export of Iron ore from Belekari Port.
PS: Iron ore mining operations in India has been under strict vigilance of the CBI since the M B Shah Commission report submitted in 2011. Ban in mines of Goa and Karnataka had even caused the shortage of Iron ore in the country. Its exports have declined steeply since then. Furthermore, steel production in the country is affected as well on account of the raw material shortage. Investigations of CBI in the illegal mining case is continued. Government hopes for a better situation by end of next fiscal.