Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jul 22:
Two mining companies–Triveni Earthmovers and Indrani Patnaik Mines—today moved Odisha High Court against the Enforcement Directorate’s raid on them and subsequent freezing of their bank accounts.
The miners pleaded before the court to defreeze their accounts. Besides, they have questioned the ED action when a Vigilance probe into the alleged violations is already on.
Admitting their plea, the court has posted the next hearing to July 27.
On Monday, ED sleuths grilled Anurag Patnaik, son of miner Indrani Patnaik, at the ED office in Bhubaneswar for seven hours in connection with the ongoing probe in an illegal iron ore mining case.
Anurag had, however, maintained that the questioning was not linked to Indrani Patnaik Mines. Rather, it was regarding some transactions in connection with All Trade, a company in which he is a director.
“I was asked questions related to the accounts of All Trade, a company in which I am a director. I have nothing to do with Indrani Patnaik Mines,” Anurag had told media on Monday after coming out of the marathon grilling.
Earlier, the Central Investigating team had summoned several officials working at Sirajuddin & Co, Indrani Patnaik mines, Triveni Earthmovers and a transport company in which Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud is a partner following simultaneous searches in 15 locations spread across Odisha, Kolkata and Tamil Nadu in connection with the illegal iron ore mining case on July 9.