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Uliburu mining scam: Deepak Gupta arrested


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Sandeep Sahu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 4:

After managing to stay away from the clutches of law for several weeks, Deepak Gupta, the power of attorney holder of Uliburu mines, was finally arrested by the state vigilance today in connection with the Rs 1,800 crore mining scam.

The sleuths have interrogated Gupta earlier in the day to find out the involvement of excavating iron ore from the mines illegally.

“We have enough evidence against Gupta to prove his involvement in the mining scam,” said a senior official of the investigating wing after Gupta was interrogated today. “He will be produced before the court tomorrow,” the official said.

Gupta, however, denied allegation of illegality levelled against him by the vigilance department. “Whatever I have done, I have done as per provisions of law and I have the valid documents to prove it. I have done nothing illegal. On the basis of the notice served, I have only deposed before the vigilance,” said Gupta.

It is to be noted that the sleuths of state vigilance wing had earlier interrogated the family members of Deepak Gupta in connection with the mining scam.

The vigilance, in its affidavit filed in the court, had alleged that Gupta had illegally mined around 45.22 lakh tonnes of iron ore from Uliburu reserve forest and gained Rs 893.67 crore as profit during 2003-2010.

Gupta, through a power of attorney, was operating the BK Mohanty iron ore mine at Uliburu under Joda mining circle where large scale irregularities have been spotted by the state Mines department. Gupta had raised ore from the reserve forest area adjacent to the mine by shifting the lease boundary.

Earlier, the anti-corruption department had arrested mine owner B K Mohanty, who claimed that he was unaware of the illegal activities.