Goa mining scam investigation: Bureau meeting SIT

The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) scheduled a meeting with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Rs 35,000 crore Goa mining scam . The investigation is intended to determine whether iron ore was extracted improperly .

PANAJI: The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) has scheduled a meeting with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Rs 35,000 crore Goa mining scam to find the technical staff and equipment required to carry out the detailed investigation of 59 mining leases.The investigation is intended to determine whether iron ore was extracted improperly.IBM said in a letter to the SIT that the bureaus in Nagpur's headquarters wanted to determine the total effort needed to carry out the investigation.The SIT had written to IBM asking it to carry out the detailed study to see if there was any actual iron ore mining from them between 2007 and 2012, and to determine the estimated cost to the state exchequer.

According to the SITs' letter to IBM, the survey requested is necessary for the purpose of investigation.During the investigation, police said that 59 mining leases were in operation between 2007 and 2012, and that the SIT wants to know if there was any fraud or manipulation in those leases.The SIT released a preliminary report on over half of the mining leases.In total, it is probing alleged violations in 126 mining leases.

The SIT will make a final decision on the investigation based on this report.In the illicit mining cases, the SIT had submitted 16 first information reports (FIRs), of which eight have been chargedsheeted, three have been closed, and three others have been returned to the police stations concerned.According to a senior police officer, the court has dismissed three other cases.Interestingly, despite the fact that the SIT has been looking at the dossier for more than six-and-a-half years, not much progress has been made in the probe.