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Petitioner moves Odisha HC to reopen case seeking CBI probe into mines scam

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 21:

In a significant move,one of the seven petitioners who had moved the Odishs High Court seeking a CBI probe into the mining scam in the state, has filed a fresh affidavit seeking to reopen the case for further hearing.

Rini Rath, one of the seven petitioners, through her counsel and senior Congress leader Narasinhga Mishra on Thursday filed the affidavit seeking adjudication of her pending writ petition as soon as possible. The affidavit claims that the Shah Commission which probed into the mining scam has reportedly recommended a CBI enquiry into the Odisha mining scam estimated to have been worth at least Rs 60,000 crore.

In 2010, at least seven PILs were filed in Orissa High Court seeking a CBI probe into the mining scam.

A division Bench of the High Court comprising the then Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra had tagged four of the seven PILs and conducted analogous hearing in the matter for over a year.

However, after the completion of the hearing on April 18, 2011, the High Court had. kept the verdict reserved.

In her fresh affidavit, petitioner Ms Rath has said, “In view of the earlier affidavits made by the Union Government and CBI expressing their willingness to cooperate accordingly, the premier investigating agency (CBI) should be entrusted to enquire into the matter immediately.”

It may be mentioned here that the Ms Rath had filed a fresh PIL in July last year reiterating her earlier prayers.