Keonjhar, Aug 8
The Vigilance court today slapped a notice (latka) on Deepak Gupta, the power of attorney holder of BK Mohanty iron ore mines and four of his family members in the Rs 1800 crore Uliburu mining scam. The latka, as the notice is called in common parlance, was stuck on the walls of his residence, office and other prominent places in Barbil.
The notice has asked Gupta and four of his family members Haricharan Gupta (father), Champak Gupta (brother), Kantadevi Gupta (mother) and Nitu Gupta (wife) to produce themselves before the Special Judge (Vigilance), Keonjhar before September 12.
Two days back, the court had declared the Guptas proclaimed offenders as the summons sent by post returned unaccepted from his residential as well as official addresses.
Though the State vigilance expects the Guptas to appear in the court before the given date, it may go ahead with steps like attachment and seizure of property belonging to the family, if the latter fail to do so, highly placed sources said.
In its affidavit before the Keonjhar District and Sessions Court on Wednesday, the investigating agency had claimed that Gupta had mined around 45.22 lakh MT of iron ore from the Uliburu reserve forest illegally and gained Rs 893.67 crore in profits between 2003-2010. The affidavit further maintained that 13 officials of Mines and Forest department had assisted Gupta in smuggling of iron ores.
Earlier, the Vigilance wing of the State police, after conducting raids at several places, had registered criminal cases against 18 people including Deepak Gupta.