Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, Jun 5:
Odisha Vigilance Court today framed charges against prime accused in the much talked about Uliburu mining scam Deepak Gupta and seven others.
Original leaseholder of Uliburu mines B K Mohanty and former Deputy Director of Mines (DDM) Joda mining circle Manas Ranjan Mohanty are among the seven others against whom the Vigilance has framed charges.
Special Vigilance Court here framed charges against them after hearing their counsels and prosecution.
The accused have been charged under sections 13/2, 420, 409, 468, 379 and 120(B) of the IPC, sources said.
The Vigilance has earlier filed charge sheets against 29 persons in the Rs 1,800 crore Uliburu mining scam.
Gupta was arrested on September 4, 2013, in the Rs 1800 crore mining scam. He was operating an iron ore mine of B K Mohanty by virtue of a power of attorney. He had illegally mined around 45.22 lakh tonnes of iron ore and manganese beyond the lease area between 2003 and 2010 violating forest and mining laws.