Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Cuttack, Aug 22
Family members of Deepak Gupta, allegedly involved in Uliburu mining scam, heaved a sigh of relief today as the Odisha High Court directed the state vigilance not to arrest them till September 11.
Disposing of a petition by the Gupta family seeking quashing of the FIR against them, the High Court directed the vigilance department, investigating the illegal mining allegedly carried out by Gupta family, not to arrest the father, mother and wife of Deepak Gupta till September 11.
The investigating wing had filed an FIR against Gupta and his family members for their alleged role in illegal mining.The Vigilance court on August 8 had slapped a notice (latka) on Deepak Gupta, the power of attorney holder of BK Mohanty iron ore mines, and four of his family members.
The notice had 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.
On August 6, the court had declared the Guptas proclaimed offenders as the summons sent by post returned unaccepted from his residential as well as official addresses.
The original leaseholder of Uliburu iron ore mines BK Mohanty was, meanwhile, been arrested and sent to judicial custody in connection with the large scale iron ore loot from the mines.
Gupta and Mohanty are accused of illegally raising and exporting iron ore worth Rs 1, 800 crore between 2000 and 2009, before the irregularities were noticed by government authorities. The miner is said to have excavated huge amount of iron ore from forest area by shifting the boundary pillars of the nearby Uliburu reserve forest.